A woman in Peru says she suffered “mental trauma” after being assaulted by a man in her hometown of San Pedro de Atacama.
The assault took place on October 20.
“I saw that the man was grabbing me, I was in shock.
I was so scared, I didn’t know what to do,” said the woman, who is now in her mid-30s.”
It’s a very dangerous situation for women in Peru.
It’s very hard to report a crime, to talk to a police officer, to get a lawyer.
It can be very traumatic.”
The woman was returning home after a three-day visit to the region of San Juan Paz, where she said she was walking her dog on the night of the assault.
“The next day, I saw this man, he had a gun.
He was walking with his girlfriend, and they had a conversation, he grabbed her,” she said.”
Then, I heard this gunshot.
He threw me to the ground, he kicked me, and he put me on the ground.”
And I remember feeling so scared.
I felt so alone, I thought I would die.
“After being held captive for three days, the woman said she had to spend two nights in hospital, where her doctors told her she had a fractured skull.”
When I woke up in the morning, I couldn’t move, I could feel something inside my skull,” she told local media.”
He tried to get my boyfriend to take me to a hospital, but he refused.
I said, ‘I’m going to die here.'”‘
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We need to find ways to protect women, to make them aware of the law and the laws that are being broken,” A.A. said.”
We have a lot more women who’ve been raped, because we don’t know how to report it.”
We need to find ways to protect women, to make them aware of the law and the laws that are being broken,” A.A. said.
She is calling on the authorities to “create a law that will allow women to report crimes and protect them from perpetrators”.
In August, Peru’s president, Iñaki Uribe, announced a series of measures aimed at addressing the problem.”
Women in Peru say they are often left in the dark about the prevalence of the violence they face.””
So we’re going to create a law so that we will allow victims to come forward and report crimes, and those who have committed crimes will be punished, and the perpetrator will be brought to justice.”
Women in Peru say they are often left in the dark about the prevalence of the violence they face.
“For a long time, I have been in fear,” said Ms A. A. “If I call someone, I’m afraid they might not take my calls back, because they are afraid of being arrested,” she continued.
“They’re afraid that if they speak out, the perpetrator is going to be hurt.
They’re afraid of their family being hurt.
I’m not afraid, but I don’t want to live like this.”
Topics:crime,police,victims-of-sexual-assault,peru,africaFirst posted November 02, 2017 07:58:18Contact the ABC’s reporter on Twitter:@adamscully