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“A rapist in your path” and the wave of rape denounces

This performance, created by the feminist collective “Las Tesis”, has reached several parts of the world and has given the strength to women to denounce their rapists. 

'A rapist in your path' chanted by women in the Mexico City Zocalo.

'A rapist in your path' chanted by women in the Mexico City Zocalo. / Photo: twitter.com/AlessandraRdlv

The Woman Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez Toro

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Leer en español: "Un violador en tu camino" y la ola de denuncias

“A rapist in your path”, which was created to repulse violence and attacks towards women, consists in a dance in which the participants blindfold and sing phrases against sexist violence: 

"Patriarchy is a judge who judges us for being born, and our punishment is the violence you don't see. It's feminicide. Immunity for my murderer. It's disappearance. It's rape." "And it was not my fault or where I was or how I dressed. And it was not my fault or where I was or how I dressed. The rapist was you. The rapist is you. The judges. The State. The president."

It was created last Friday and has reached places such as Germany, France, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Dafne Valdés, Paula Cometa, Sibila Sotomayor, and Lea Cáceres are the creators of this feminist anthem. 

As read on Interferencia, their main goal was to take “feminist theories to a scenic format in a simple, simple and sticky way”, aiming to get these theorists to more people. 

The message is directed “to different institutions that are part of this, including media, which in many occasions blame the victims, give screen to say that somehow, she deserved it, she looked for it because she was dressed in a certain way, because she was drunk or because she had psychological problems”, said Sotomayor to the same Chilean paper. 

The first intervention was done on November 20 in Valparaíso and then, on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the collective gathered hundreds of women in Santiago, Chile. 

The song went viral and when the feminist collective saw the huge acceptance it was getting all over the world, they invited people from different countries to join the cause and do the performance in their territories. 

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Women are talking and we are listening 

The popularity of the anthem has encouraged hundreds of women across Latin America to report their experiences of sexual abuse through Twitter. Using the refrain "And the fault was not mine, nor where I was or how I dressed", women are talking and now, everybody is listening. 

"And it was not my fault (it was my mother's stepbrother). Nor where I was (I was in my bed). Nor how I slept (with my little pajama) It took me 25 years to tweet. I join," published a Colombian woman. 

Like her, many women have used this social network to denounce their rapists, even using their full name and the institution they belong to, in order to try and get some justice for what happened to them. 

Latin America, according to the UN, is the most lethal región to be a woman in the world. As rea on El Espectador, every two hours a woman is murdered in Latin America for the mere fact of being a woman and in 2018 at least 3529 women were killed for gender reasons. 

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