Friday, September 23, 2016

Enrique Peña Nieto Covers up Police Sexual Abuse

Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, is in the news again. He has been getting a lot of bad publicity because of everything he has allowed during his presidency and during his time as governor. An investigation is being conducted after 11 Mexican women were brutally sexually assaulted by police officers in a town named Atenco while Peña Nieto was governor. Instead of helping these women, he tried to cover up and denied the allegations, calling them liars, and blaming radical groups, stating that they make women make up accusations to discredit the government. These women watched the men that ruined their lives walk away freely, while they have to live with the mental and physical scars caused by the traumatic events. These women were a mix of students, merchants, and activists. One of the victims was going to a prestigious school before this event occurred. After the assault, she lost motivation and lost hope in society, living in fear for the rest of her life. About 24 people that have been charged with abuse of authority have been acquitted at trial or on appeal. They’re still walking away like nothing happened because the government is still covering up for them and they’re assigning these cases to the low-level officers who are purposely doing a bad job. After 10 years, Peña Nieto returned to Atenco but focused on Children’s Day. Comments about the protests, deaths, or rapes were not made by him or local reports.

--Jazmin Galindo

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