Sexual abuse of women with disabilities is on the rise

As of 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic began, sexual assaults against women with disabilities increased in Jalisco.

According to data provided, via transparency, by the General Directorate for Crimes of Violence Against Women of the State Prosecutor’s Office, from 2017 to 2019, one complaint of sexual abuse was reported against a woman with a disability per year.

In 2020 that figure rose to 8, and by 2021 11 complaints were registered, that is, almost one per month.

The foregoing translates into the fact that, of the 22 complaints of sexual abuse filed by women with disabilities in Jalisco from 2017 to 2021, 86 percent were concentrated in the last two years.

According to Giovanna Franyuti, from the Mexican organization with Disabilities, it is important to disaggregate the data in this way because violence is not only affected by gender, but also by disability.

In Mexico there are no official data on this.

The United Nations Population Fund warned in its report “Women and young people with disabilities” that women in this condition are up to 10 times more likely to suffer sexual violence.

“In itself we live in a conservative society, where sexuality is hardly talked about, less to a woman with a disability, so that makes it difficult for them to know how to recognize it when they experience a situation of sexual harassment or abuse, they know that it is wrong and they can raise their voices. voice,” Franyuti commented.

Since 2018, the Jalisco State Human Rights Commission issued recommendation 1/2018 in which it urged the authorities to implement educational programs aimed at people with disabilities focused on sexual and reproductive health and access to family planning services.

Arturo Azae Pérez Muñoz | Reform Agency

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Sexual abuse of women with disabilities is on the rise