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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Beasts of prey

Beasts of prey

In Guatemala, women are being raped, mutilated and murdered in their thousands. Even little girls have to constantly look over their shoulders. There is little chance of the perpetrators being caught — because often the law is right behind them. Christine Toomey investigates

There is a country where a man can escape a rape charge if he marries his victim — providing she is over the age of 12. In this country, having sex with a minor is only an offence if the girl can prove she is "honest" and did not act provocatively. Here, a battered wife can only prosecute her husband if her injuries are visible for more than 10 days. Here too it is accepted in some communities that fathers "introduce" their daughters to sex.

The whole article can be found here:,,2099-1740992_1,00.html

And a link to register your protest about this and other cases of violence against women worldwide, is here:postcard
and here:


Seeking Asylum is not a crime

Amnesty International is campaigning against the arbitrary detention of people who have sought asylum.  
The link to this is here:

posted by summersun70 at 6:46 PM


Blogger Jennifer said...

I use to live on the Mexican border in Texas. One of the nurses I worked with had a daughter and son-in-law in Guatamela. They were working for the goverment.

They had to travel everywhere in an armoured car. I remember thinking if it's that bad I'd leave.

Thanks for the informative post.

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