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Data collected by Peru’s Legal Medicine Institute of the Public Ministry reveals that, during the year 2004, on an average day, 215 cases of domestic violence and 54 acts of sexual violence occurred. Two women were being sexually abused every hour – only counting reported cases. It’s estimated that thousands more women are afraid of reporting their experience, fearing retaliation from live-in male partners or relatives.
Other data published in the newspaper El Sol del Cuzco in 2007, reports that during the previous year, 25,000 cases of sexual violations occurred, with 66 percent of the victims being under 14 years of age.
Until April 2006, the Peruvian law only considered there to be a crime (“Offense Against Sexual Freedom”), for cases where the victim was under 14 years of age. If the victim was over 14, the offense was considered a “seduction,” for which their was no jail sentence for the perpetrator, just civil penalties (many times less than $500 US).
After recent reforms, it is now possible to file criminal charges in cases where the victim has reached 18 years of age, as long as physical violence can be demonstrated. Unfortunately, this criteria is often difficult to prove as the majority of cases are not reported within 72 hours due to lack of information or fear.