Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Deaths That Cry Out/ Diana Washington Valdez

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This article briefly covers a mass femicide, gender murder, that has taken place in Juarez, Mexico. “They were killed in various ways: strangled, stabbed, bludgeoned, shot to death.” Valdez then goes on to review a few cases of some women and tell of how they had been raped and then dropped off the side of the road. “The pattern of brutal murders of women has spread to other parts of Mexico and Central America.”

What bothered me the most about this article, besides all of the murders, is that it hasn’t even been given proper attention in investigating. Mexico’s government has refused the FBI to investigate the murders directly. Also “in some cases the government offered the families compensation in exchange for their silence.” It is rumored that “the rampant violence perpetrated by the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel…served to cloak powerful people who used the slayings to protect their economic interests.” In concluding the investigation the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office released that there wasn’t a mass homicide, that instead most were attributed to family violence. It seems to me that the Mexican government is corrupt and that they probably know who is responsible, but that arresting them is way too inconvenient. It bothers me that the women in these areas must fear for their and their daughter’s lives every day, and that women who have already died can’t receive justice.

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