The blows that confirm that violence is normalized in society

Almost 72 hours after he went public about the assault he claims he was subjected to by a man he claims groped his private parts, Nicole Ramos he gets the help he was crying out for so much. Police contacted her yesterday to offer her protection after a video went viral on social media in which she recounted what happened on the morning of last Sunday, September 11, on one of the pedestrian streets of the g. Willows 7in the northern part of Guayaquil.

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In addition to the physical and sexual abuse she suffered, the young woman highlights the callousness or indifference shown by many people who saw what was happening to her but did not come out to help her. “There were people who showed up, who passed by and nobody did anything. No one lifted a finger to help me,” he reproached, noting that the incident happened between ten and eleven in the morning, in broad daylight, when he was going to buy breakfast.

“I would willows and he for Isidro (Ayora). He walked past me, grabbed me from behind and I reacted by insulting him. He got very angry about it and jumped on me, kicked me, spat on me… he told me that this will teach me not to pick on men,” said Nicole in exasperation as she prepared to file the complaint yesterday. to the La Merced prosecutor’s office, accompanied by his lawyer. He later announced that he would file the complaint this Wednesday, September 14.

Lawyer Patricia Castro of the Observatory for Law Enforcement and the Prevention and Eradication of Violence says that what is happening in the city is very serious for women.

“As women, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer to violence. The local government is doing nothing to prevent, because the point is not to sanction, the point is to prevent, so that there are no more victims of violence”, he believes, offering his entire contingent to help Nicole and demanding the maximum sanction provided by law against the aggressor. Until yesterday, the person had not been identified, much less detained.

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But to help the search, the young woman posted on her social networks an identikit, which was made based on the descriptions she gave to a TV channel. He is a male about 1.65 meters tall, large build, white skin (Colorado), dark hair, a padlock type beard with graying hair and large light brown eyes. As a peculiar feature, he noticed a mole under his right eye.

The young woman specifies that the stranger’s intention was not to rob her, since although she had the mobile phone in her hands, he did not take it from her, but approached her to touch her. After he threw it to the ground, the device “flew”, as well as the money it was carrying.

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Lawyer Santiago Sánchez, an expert in criminal law, frames what happened to the victim in what is established in Article 170 of Comprehensive Organic Penal Code (COIP) as sexual violence: the one who, against the will of another, performs on himself or forces him to perform on himself or on another person an act of a sexual nature, without penetration or carnal access, shall be punished by deprivation of liberty from three to five years .

Sanchez points out that the authorities, in this case the prosecutor’s office, are required to open a criminal case ex officio unless the victim files a complaint.

Like Castro, he deplores what is happening in society. “For many years, the people of Guayaquil have lost solidarity. If they see someone being robbed, what they do is take out their phone, record it and make it viral, but there is no principle of solidarity with others,” he diagnoses and calls on the authorities. “What is the government doing? What is the municipality doing as a society to build better people, better Ecuadorians, better Guayaquilians?” he asks.

Adding to this opinion is the opinion of citizens such as Carmen Avila and Lorena Caicedo, who complain that society has allowed itself to be overcome by fear. “Now most of them are looking away for fear of being killed.” Fear, more than one, paralyzed him. But we have to stop behaving like that, we have to stop being lazy. That we are. If someone touches another, if they hurt her, she has to step up and scream, hit, ask for help. We need to stop being a dead society. Not anymore,” Avila claims.

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Cassie Dominguez, also from Guayaquil, said she found out about the case through social media and said she broke down in tears. “Is that how we act now? They see us on the floor and nobody does anything. And note that I’m not just talking about women. If a man is attacking another, whether he is older or not, you need to act, please. They say the good ones are more, so let’s do the favor to show it”.

Solidarity is lost. Now, if they see them stealing or in this case assaulting, what they do is take out the cell phone and record it and then upload it to social media.

Santiago Sanchez,
lawyer

We have to defend ourselves. With fear and everything must be done. For that we have the hands, the fists, the clubs, the shouts. There is no need to doubt, you must help, take the step towards change.

Mariana Delgado,
citizen

We see a citizenry that does not have access to education, that does not even have access to food, loses its human dignity…

Patricia Castro,
of the Civic Observatory

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