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Mother Accused Of Sexually Exploiting Her 9-Year-Old Daugther

The Fiscalía Adjunta de Asuntos de Género (Deputy Prosecutor for Gender Affairs) accused the mother of a girl who was sexually exploited by a two brothers in Desamparados. According to the authorities, she knew about the attacks and still allowed them to continue for 5...

Arias Doctors Assure He Was Not In Condition To Commit Rape

Two medical specialists say that former President Óscar Arias Sánchez was not in a position to make sudden movements when, according to a doctor, she was a victim of rape in 2014. This was reported by television channel news, Telenoticias, Wednesday night indicating that the...

More Women Are Travelling Solo

Recent headlines about the deadly violence inflicted on women traveling alone have raised questions about how the world is greeting the documented rise in female solo travelers and about the role of social media in promoting the idea that far-off lands are easily accessible...

Priest denounced for abuse was arrested trying to leave the country

A Catholic priest denounced for alleged sexual abuse was arrested this morning (Thursday) when trying to leave the country through the area of Paso Canoas land border with Panama. The priest, identified as Jorge Arturo Morales Salazar, is alleged to have committed the acts against...

Once Again Prosecutor’s Office Asks To Ground Former President Oscar Arias

Possibly fearing that he may flee Costa Rica to avoid facing charges of alleged rape and sexual abuse, once again the Fiscalía de Género (Prosecutor's Office for Gender) requested on Wednesday that former president Oscar Arias be prevented from leaving the country while the...

Doctor Accusing Oscar Arias of Rape Feels No Longer ‘Alone’

Alexandra Arce, the first of woman to file a denuncia - criminal complaint - for rape against former president and Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias said on Tuesday that she felt grateful for the outpouring of support since going public with her story. “The most prevalent...

Fiscalia appeals and requests ban for Oscar Arias leavin the country

The Ministerio Público (Public Prosecutor's Office) requested, through an appeal, an impedimento de salida (ban from leaving the country) against former President Oscar Arias Sanchez be issued as a precautionary measure. This was confirmed by the Attorney General, Emilia Navas. Navas said that she is waiting...

Argentine Novice Speaks Out Against Torture, Abuse in Convent

Novices in Argentina have begun sharing their experiences of abuse, torture, and humiliation executed within the walls of the convent by their priests. “He sent me to the basement alone to clean it. A while later, he appeared behind me telling me that I was...

High-ranking former official of the Ministry of Justice Denounced For Sexual Abuse

"I was not willing to be part of the people who try to normalize these behaviors in society, when we know they are acts that cut deep wounds in the lives of women," the Deputy Minister of Economy, Laura Pacheco, said in a statement...

In Costa Rica, “Women are born in a hunting ground with their legs, hands and mouth tied”

In her "foros" (forum) article published in La Nacion Thursday, February 14, 2019, professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Isabel Gamboa Barboza, relates her story of the reality of being a girl and a woman in Costa Rica. In her article...

Oscar Arias Leaving the Prosecutor’s Office: “I Ask For Your Understanding”

Visibly shaken, holding his hands tight and crestfallen, the two-time former president and Nobel Laureate, Oscar Arias Sanchez, left the Fiscalía de Género (Gender Prosecutor's Office) this morning. With a soft tone in his voice, he asked for "understanding". The former president was at the Fiscalia...

Second “Denuncia” For Sexual Assault Filed Against Oscar Arias

Yazmín Morales Camacho, Miss Costa Rica 1994, who accuses Oscar Arias of sexual abuse, says she feels strong, but with "fear of reprisals", after filing a denuncia (criminal complaint) against the former president and Nobel Laureate on Thursday. Yazmín, 48, told Nacional that she decided...

President Alvarado Calls For Guarantees For Accusers and Right To Defense For Arias

In the face of accusations of rape and sexual misconduct by five women against former President Noble Laureate Oscar Arias, President Carlos Alvarado, requested guarantees for the accusers and the right to defense for the former president. "There are two central and important elements that...

Three women now accuse Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct

Journalist Nono Antillón, is the second woman to accuse former president and Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias of sexual abuse. Antillón, who is now 60, said after reading the story of the doctor who denounced the former president, decided to tell her story of her...

“The priest who abused me was the one who married me”

Michael Rodríguez is 38 years old and has a story to tell. During his childhood and adolescence, he was an altar boy at the Catholic churches in Tres Ríos and Patarrá, in which Mauricio Víquez Lizano was the priest. Rodriguez is one of two men...

Sexual Violence under the Ortega Regime

A month had passed since April 18 when the protests began, and we found ourselves thinking about what might happen if they arrested us. We’d never thought before about losing our freedom, much less that it could happen for exercising our right to inform. But...

Children’s Hospital treats more cases of sexual abuse than physical

In spite of the fact that this Sunday, September 9th was celebrated as Children's Day and that everything should be happiness, there is a sad reality that can not be hidden and that affects dozens of children all over the country. Currently, the Hospital Nacional...

Nanny will spend 20 years in jail for raping 12-year-old girl

A woman who worked as a nanny will be spending the next 20 years of her life in prison because instead of caring for and protecting a 12-year-old girl, she took advantage of the moments alone to abuse her. The woman, identified by her last...

400 Women In Costa Rica Flee Their Homes Every Year At The Risk of Being Killed

Nearly 400 women each year in Costa Rica must leave their homes to seek refuge in shelters of the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inamu) - National Institute of Women - in the face of "imminent danger of death" due to domestic violence. This is...

Man Kills Own Brother Over Alleged Sexual Abuse Of His Woman

A man, 61 years of age, identified by authorities by his surname, Quirós López, was stabbed and killed by his own brother on Monday after he was surprised, apparently at the time had intended to sexually abuse his brother's common-law wife. The event occurred Monday...

Argentine Bishop’s New Law Orders Priests: ‘Hands Off Children’

Priests in Argentina are now banned from touching children under new guidelines intended to help curb pedophilia in the Catholic church, but relatives of survivors say the move doesn't go far enough. New ecclesiastical legislation from Archbishop of Parana Juan Alberto Puiggari, in the province...

Father Sentenced to 372 Years in Prison For Rape and Sexual Abuse Of His Three Children

A father was sentenced to prison for abusing, raping and showing pornography to his three children when they were minors. On Thursday the Tribunal Penal de Heredia (Heredia Criminal Court) sentenced Carlos Luis Montero Víquez to 372 years in prison. However, he will only serve...

Heredia Man Sentenced To 18 Years in Prison For Sexually Abuse Girlfriend’s Daughter

A Heredia court sentenced a 48-year-old man to 18 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl, his girlfriend's daughter. According to the authorities, the events occurred in 2011, the victim was the then-girlfriend of the abuser, identified by his last name Ramirez. The Prosecutor's office...

In 2016, On Average, There Were 5 Cases Daily Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors

Q COSTA RICA - On average, every day in 2016, five children in the country; authorities received more than 2,000 calls of alert. Of the 109 that were received directly by the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) - Costa Rica's child welfare agency -...

Colombian Governor Accuses FARC of Sexual Abuse of Minors in Relocation Sites

FARC said the accusations were made to sabotage the peace effort.TODAY COLOMBIA – Officials at the municipality of Yondó in Colombia’s Antioquia Department said FARC have been sexually abusing minors in the pre-grouping areas where they have been sent before moving to permanent settlements...

21% of Men In Costa Rica Say They Have Been Victims of Unwanted Touch In Public

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - It's not only women who are victims of sexual harassment in public (acoso sexual callejero in Spanish). Twenty-one percent of men in Costa Rica claim to have been victims of unwanted touching in public. This is revealed in the Second...

No Prison For Costa Rica Rock Star Who Had Sex With 14 Year Old

QCOSTARICA - Gerardo Porras Montagne, 30 years of age, on Friday was found guilty by the Pavas Criminal Court for having consensual sex with a minor, a 14 year-old girl. According to Costa Rica's Article 159 of the Criminal Code, the offence of having sexual...

Immigration Expels Foreigner After Completing Sentence For Sexual Abuse of Minor

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Policia de Migracion (Immigration Police) expelled a Nicaraguan national on Friday, after completing a full prison sentence in Costa Rica, for six offences of sexual abuse against a minor. In addition, the 39 year-old man, identified by him surnames, Alvarado Ray,...

Orzco Accused Of Second Allegation of Sexual Abuse

(QCOSTARICA) This past Tuesday was not a good day for Justo Orozco, a day when two different women, in two separate and unrelated events, accuse the former legislator of sexual abuse. We all now the details of the first allegation, the case of the 29-year-old...

Six 11 Year Old Girls Accuse School Principal Of Sexual Abuse

QCOSTARICA - Six students of the El Higuerón school, in Upala, Alajuela, reported being sexually abused by the school's principal, a 47 year old man identified by his last name Somarribas, arrested on Wednesday by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). However, by Thursday afternoon,...

Stepfather Going To Prison For Impregnating 13 Year Old

QCOSTARICA - At only 13 years of age, a minor in San Carlos became pregnant after being raped by her stepfather, who abused the girl since she was 9 years old. Jose Rafael Rodriquez Berrocal, 41, will now spend the next 42 years in prison....

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