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Man sentenced to four months in prison for masturbating in front of woman

QCOSTARICA - A man surnamed Ríos was sentenced to four months in prison for masturbating in front of a woman, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported on Monday. The incident occurred on September 12 in Zapote, San José. That day, the victim called police,...

Proposed bill seeks to punish street harassment (acoso callejero)

From 9 to 30 days fine is the sanction that is proposed for those committing "acoso callejero" (street harassment) in Costa Rica. If the bill if approved, the fine would be applied to offenses committed in in public or social networks. The text of the proposed...

Ombudsman Asks For Revision Of Bill To Punish Street Harassment

The Ombudsman's Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes in Spanish) asked the Social Commission of the Legislative Assembly to make changes to the bill that would come to punish 'acoso sexual callejero' or street sexual harassment. The changes, said the Ombudsman's Office, must be made in...

Gerardo Cruz’s Ex-Girlfriend Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison

It was on October 5. 2015 that the young man, 22-year-old Gerardo Cruz Barquero, shamed publicly an alleged “viejo verde” (sexual pervert) for videoing, with his cellular phone, up a woman’s dress while walking in downtown San Jose. The video that went viral in...

Street Harassment Is A Public Health Problem: The Case of Mexico City

(Q24N) “I actually don’t remember when I was first harassed on the street, but I do remember when I first experienced it as an abusive act: I was an adolescent traveling with my mom in a crowded underground wagon, where men could easily touch women...

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...

A Lover’s Spat Got Gerardo Killed

QCOSTARICA - There is a saying in Costa Rica, "no hay nada oculto entre cielo y tierra" (there is nothing hidden between heaven and earth); the heroic actions of Gerardo Cruz in reporting the street harassment got him killed. But he wasn't killed the uncovering...

Acoso Callejero (Street Harassment) Happens Every Day in Costa Rica

How sad, this happens every day, and not just the streets of downtown San Jose, "Acoso Callejero" the Spanish term for "street harassment". In post on the social media, a woman who considers herself attractive, yet says she doesn't dress sexy, was recently a victim...

Street Harassment Plagues Costa Rica Women Every Day

QCOSTARICA - Thousands of women report of being harassed in the streets of Costa Rica, the capital city of San Jose with the most number of cases, despite there is no law that sends an offender to jail. According to a study by the Defensoría...

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