Only 13% of women in Mexico report violence from their partners

Only 13% of women who are physically or sexually assaulted by their partner in Mexico report it to an authority, according to a report from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), issued in the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Women’s rights activists will take to the streets around the world on Friday to protest against the gender violence widespread and call for stronger action by the authorities.

In Mexico, where some 20 women are murdered each day, the probability that a victim report physical or sexual assaults was low in various circumstances, INEGI discovered.

If the aggressor was a couple, only 13.1% of the women reported it. For the sexual and physical assaults that occurred at school, the proportion was only 7.8% and dropped to 7.1% within a family, 6.5% at work, and 4.3% in the community at large.

Meanwhile, half of the women said they had been sexually assaulted during their lifetime, one in five in the past year. More than a third said they had been physically assaulted at some point, including one in 10 in the past year.

Not considering the incident important enough was the most common reason for not file a complaint. Women also mentioned not knowing how to do it, being afraid of repercussions, being blamed or disbelieved, and feeling ashamed.

When reported, they were more likely to go to a public ministry than the police, although if it happened at work, they were more likely to look for a union or a manager. If they were students, they would most likely go to a authority school.

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The survey, which covered women and girls aged 15 and over, recorded the highest rates of violence among people aged 25 and under. (rts)

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