Feminist Groups Protest Release Of Man Accused Of Attempted Femicide In Sonora

By Kendal Blust
Published: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 2:38pm
Updated: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 7:47am
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A group of women marched through the streets of the Sonora capital Hermosillo on Wednesday to protest what they call a patriarchal system that fails to protect victims from their aggressors.

Speaking to a the crowd, Ruth María Corrales said she fears for her life after a judge granted her ex-husband conditional release from jail on domestic violence charges last week, even though he was also under investigation for rape and attempted femicide for shooting Corrales in the face in 2019.

Hours after his release, a warrant was issued for his arrest on those charges, but authorities have been unable to locate him.

"Every day I fear that he could take my life at any minute, or kill one of my sons," she said. "But today I'm still alive. And I'm asking the state for justice, safety and the protection of my human rights. I'm asking for my case to be taken as a priority. My life and the lives of my sons are at risk."

She also demanded that the judge who released her husband be dismissed.

Corrales and other protesters say they're trying to shed light on the ways Mexico’s justice system fails to protect women, even when they report abuse.

On average, 10 women are killed every day in Mexico.

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