Hundreds of women protest in Costa Rica after sexual assault against tourist

March against violence against women, in San José, on January 13, 2022 – AFP

More than 200 women protested in San José on Thursday (13) against acts of violence committed against women, such as the recent sexual assault suffered by a 20-year-old Danish tourist in the Caribbean city of Puerto Viejo.

“Women in this country say no to sexist and patriarchal violence that violates our rights (…) That’s why our voice is raised today, for all those who can no longer be here,” said protester María Fernanda Quesada.

“There are women who have already been killed and are no longer with us,” added Quesada during the activity, convened by the collective “Brujas Feministas CR”.

With posters and flags, the protesters – most dressed in purple, a color associated with the feminist struggle – marched through the streets of San José, stopping in front of the headquarters of Congress and the Supreme Court of Justice.

On one of the tracks, the phrase “Being alive shouldn’t be an achievement” was read.

In parallel, the group “Unidas Talamanca” took to the streets in Puerto Viejo, where the young Danish woman, whose name has not been released, was sexually assaulted by several men, still unidentified. The rape took place on the night of January 5, on a city beach, after boarding an informal transport vehicle.

According to the Observatory of Gender Violence against Women, linked to the Judiciary, in 2020, there were 8,941 complaints of sexual crimes against women. Data for 2021 has not yet been published.

According to the Observatory, in 2021, there were 13 murders that have already been judged as femicides. Another 37 are still under investigation. In 2020, there were 28 confirmed femicides.

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