13 | NOV | 2019
Mexican women come forward to denounce writers, academics, and journalists
Women have opened Twitter accounts to denounce the alleged abusers - Photo: Fernando Bizerra/EFE

Mexican women come forward to denounce writers, academics, and journalists

27/03/2019
13:31
EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales
Mexico City
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Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean-French writer and filmmaker, told writer Richard Crouse he had raped actress Mara Lorenzio on screen

The #MeToo movement took off when actresses and public figures denounced filmmakers, musician, and actors who attacked them. Mexican women also joined in, and several Mexican actresses revealed they had been the victims of sexual harassment or rape.

Now, women outside the film and music industry are now joining in. Hundreds of journalists, writers, photographers, reporters, students, and academics have come forward to name the academics, journalists, and writers who have allegedly raped, harassed, and attacked them.

Women in these industries have even created Twitter accounts to share the horrifying accounts of alleged abuse perpetrated by renown figures in the academic and literary world.

Violence against women, rape, sexual harassment, physical violence, and femicide have plagued the country for years, as sexism and misogyny are deeply rooted in Mexican society, nevertheless, Mexican women are now coming forward to denounced their alleged abusers, who are employed by Mexico's top university, the UNAM, several publishing houses, literary magazines, and newspapers.

Sexual harassment and sexism in the literary and academic industry have been a constant issue. Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean-French writer and filmmaker, told writer Richard Crouse he had raped actress Mara Lorenzio on screen when they were shooting “The First Gunfighter”, released in 1970.

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