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Yesterday Mexico City mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera presented a plan to distribute whistles among women so that they can alert passerbies and authorities that they are being attacked. (Photo: Screen grab from the video)

At least two women are raped in Mexico City every day

26/05/2016
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The most dangerous district is Iztapalapa, with 150 cases in 2015, followed by Cuauhtémoc (82) and Gustavo A. Madero (78).

By Thalia Guido

Between 2010 and 2015, 4,142 investigations for rape were opened in Mexico, according to information provided by Mexico City's Attorney General's Office (PCJCM) at the request of EL UNIVERSAL via the Transparency Law.

This means two women report being raped in Mexico City every day.

The most dangerous district is Iztapalapa, with 150 cases in 2015, followed by Cuauhtémoc (82), Gustavo A. Madero (78), Tlalpan and Álvaro Obregón (50 each), Coyoacán (43), Tláhuac (37), Xochimilco (36), Miguel Hidalgo (31), Venustiano Carranza (24), Benito Juárez (23), Cuajimalpa (21), Iztacalco (20), Azcapotzalco and Milpa Alta (18 each) and Magdalena Contreras (12).

In Mexico only 7.2% of the crimes are reported, according to the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Safety (Envipe 2015) conducted by the National Institute of Statistics (INEGI). Out of the 22.8 million crime victims, 92.8% decide not to file a complaint.

A recent diagnosis on sexual violence prepared by the Special Commission for the Assistance of Victims (CEAV) estimated that the black figure in sexual offenses (including harassment and sexual harassment) from 2010 to 2015 was 2.99 million cases. This means there could be almost 600,000 cases a year that are not reported.

The NGO Vereda Themis for the legal defense and education of women is handling 100 cases of attacks, eight of them for rape, three of which were while the victim was unconscious. Of those three, two were reported, but no one was punished for these crimes.

The Association for the Integral Development of Rape Victims (ADIVAC) receive on average two cases of rape per month, in which at least one happened while the victim was unconscious. No one was convicted either. 

"Authorities consider that victims are responsible for exposing themselves," said Laura Martínez, director of the association.

Mexico City is the fifth state with the largest number of sexual abuses, according to the CEAV. The year with the largest number of investigations for rape was 2011, with 986.

Yesterday Mexico City mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera presented a plan to distribute whistles among women so that they can alert passerbies and authorities that they are being attacked.

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