“In the culture of incest, it is the women themselves who are responsible for silencing the victims”: the case of Brisa de Angulo, raped by her cousin when she was a teenager

  • Felipe Llambias (@felipellambias)
  • BBC News World

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Brisa de Angulo has been waiting for two decades.

So much so that more time has passed since her cousin raped her – repeatedly for eight months – than she had lived until then. Was a teenager 15 in the year 2000, when the family nightmare began. He was ten years older.

“Although I’ve been raped and tortured dozens of timesIt didn’t even occur to me to talk about it or ask for help. In fact, I thought it would be better for me take my life tell someone,” he said last week before the judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, who heard his trial for the lawsuit he filed against the Bolivian state for “lack of access to justice and institutional violence”.

He said he had attempted suicide twice, and when he finally spoke out and his parents sued, they asked him in court why he hadn’t said anything sooner.

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