WOMEN FREE OF VIOLENCE APP
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When I arrived in Mexico City I never thought that I would have to return with a black dress in my suitcase and my soul, if it exists, destroyed for my mother’s funeral. I came with the hope of attracting the case of my mother’s kidnapping to the PGR. I came to knock on the doors of old acquaintances and friends to seek guidance in the investigation. My mother had been missing for 15 days and the UECS never investigated her possible kidnapping, even after having had the suspect in their hands, the intellectual author, the person who committed the crime, which they released, on two occasions!
My mother, deceived, was deprived of her freedom in a shopping center in Chihuahua city, on Wednesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. Two hours later, a man that my mother had cared for and protected as her own son, picked up his truck in the company of 4 other people and just like that, disappeared.
On Friday, April 7, there was a ransom call and then a call to collect the ransom. The crime was already a kidnapping; however the UEAS, the prosecutor’s office and the state government denied it until the last moment. That same day, at 17:00 hours, the UEAS decided to let the killer go, claiming that they would follow him on his phone, small problem, they never gave him his phone or they followed him. ”He’s gone”, acknowledged the director of UEAS in front of my family.
They believed the victimizer and victimized my mother and my family a thousand times. They suggested that my mother would appear somewhere, “taking a coconut on the beach”, they investigated our accounts, our medical profiles, our passports and visas, our telephone behavior; and yet, NEVER, NEVER investigated the suspect, EVER.
They discarded videos, tests, calls, did not investigate telephone records; basically they were determined into proving their preconceived theory. And when they did not find anything, they opted for the rumor, the leaks, the transcended, as if my family were not people, we were not victims, as if we did not suffer the loss, they delved into our lives and finding nothing, their last option: the “lady had to be a whore”, because of course, that sold and exonerated.
Why do all the women who disappear have to be whores or did they look for it? As I saw it, I read it and learned it when dealing with victims of missing persons. How I experienced it today. It is always easier to discredit the victimized woman.
The outcome: the murderers on the loose, teacher Matilde Gil Herrera, appeared with a bullet in her body, with signs of having fought for her life. Buried in a hole in a vacant lot, her truck burned and our family: destroyed, trying to rebuild us, to find ourselves dressed in black.
There are more stories like these, of women who have been victims of violence, some survive, and others may not even know what happened to them.
We do not want this to continue happening. We seek to use technology and connectivity as a means of education and protection for women, to alert and prevent gender-based violence through an active community.
In the application that with your donation we can develop, we want to create: a user registry, emergency network (family and friends), panic button, geolocation with real-time map, google maps where the user can indicate safe or unsafe places, connection to 911 for help, connection with the Attorney General’s Office to inform online, send alert messages for family members enrolled in the application, community forums (with topics, about: safety tips, infographics, videos, predetermined question naires, how can I know if … I have been abused ?, legal assistance information).
With your donation, help us create a safe and violence-free environment for Mexican women and girls! If you do not want these stories to repeat, donate now!