Nicaragua: One of the Highest Rates of Sexual Violence Against Girls in the World

Posted on November 1, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Nicaragua, Social Issues reported Nicaragua has one of the highest rates of sexual violence against girls in the world that flourishes amid a patriarchal society, high levels of impunity, and discriminatory laws curtailing women’s human rights. Last year, forensic doctors examined 6,069 sexual violence victims – a 27-percent rise from 2010, according to new Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) figures. A staggering 82 percent of victims were children: 3,065 aged 0-13 and 1,897 aged 14-17. Nine out of 10 victims were female, and more than 80 percent, like Velasquez, knew their abuser. Read Article

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