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Sat Jan 11, 2020, 03:09 AM

A Rapist in Your Path performed by women at mass protests


Chilean anti-rape anthem becomes international feminist phenomenon
A Rapist in Your Path performed by women at mass protests
Performances staged across Latin America and Europe

Charis McGowan in Santiago
Fri 6 Dec 2019 02.45 EST

A Chilean protest song about rape culture and victim shaming has become a viral anthem for feminists around the world.

Un Violador en Tu Camino – A Rapist in Your Path – was first performed in late November as Chile’s nationwide uprising against social inequality pushed into its second month.

Videos of the song – and its accompanying dance moves – quickly went viral, spreading across Latin America and the world, with performances taking place in Mexico, Colombia, France, Spain and the UK.

The song was written by Lastesis, a feminist theatre group based in the city of Valparaíso, who credited Chile’s women protesters for helping spread the work around the world.

“It was never intended to be a protest song – the women of the marches transformed it into something more” said Paula Cometa, speaking on behalf of the group, whose other members are Sibila Sotomayor, Daffne Valdés, and Lea Cáceres.

A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of the Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who argues that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one.

The lyrics describe how institutions – the police, the judiciary and political power structures – uphold systematic violations of women’s rights: “The rapist is you/ It’s the cops/ The judges/ The state/ The president.”

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Sat Jan 11, 2020, 12:14 PM

1. This will be performed in front of the White House next Saturday

On Jan. 18, protesters will gather at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington to walk a well-worn path to the White House.

Unlike previous Women’s March events, this year’s protest will not feature the pomp of boldfaced names addressing the crowd and musical guests performing on a stage.

In fact, there won’t be a stage at all.

Instead, the group’s 16 board members will march alongside protesters carrying signs and banners. Once at the White House, a group of Chilean activists will lead participants in a song — “Un violador en tu camino” (“A Rapist in Your Path”) — popularized by feminist protest movements worldwide and meant to denounce gender-based violence.


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