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Mon Nov 12, 2018, 07:25 AM

Woman who bore rapist's baby faces 20 years in El Salvador jail



A rape victim is facing 20 years in jail charged with attempted murder, after she gave birth to her abuserís baby in a latrine in El Salvador.

In a case that highlights the rigidity of the countryís abortion laws, Imelda Cortez, 20, from an impoverished rural family in San Miguel, has been in custody since April 2017 after giving birth to a baby girl fathered by her abusive elderly stepfather.
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Abortion is illegal in all circumstances in El Salvador and the total ban has led to aggressive persecution of women.

Like Cortez, most are poor, single rural-dwellers convicted on tenuous evidence after having a gynaecological complication such as a miscarriage or stillbirth.

While Cortez was in hospital, her stepfather visited her, threatening to kill her, her siblings and her mother if she reported the abuse. Another patient overheard and told a nurse, who called the police.


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/nov/12/victim-who-bore-abusers-baby-in-a-latrine-jailed-for-20-years-in-el-salvador-imelda-cortez|

A catholic patriarchy! Hardly surprising that woman are treated so appallingly

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 09:05 AM

1. Can anyone question

why these woman walk thousands of miles to the U.S. to escape this?

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2018, 04:35 PM

2. Stepfather has yet to be charged with anything

"At first, prosecutors accused Cortez of inventing the abuse to justify her crime, until a DNA test confirmed the babyís paternity. Her stepfather is yet to be charged."

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Response to unconventional (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2018, 01:07 AM

3. What? The rapist getting away and the victim is abused further by the authorities!!

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