Rape survivor wins case against state of Bolivia

An international court favours 15-year-old rape survivor against ‘inhumane’ judicial process in Bolivia

Brisa De Angulo, a rape survivor, has won a historic case against the state of Bolivia.

The inter-American court of human rights ruling found that the Bolivian government is “internationally responsible” for violating De Angulo’s rights. 

The verdict states that the government “had failed to prevent, address, punish, and redress the sexual and institutional violence which she suffered.” 

“The court recognised that the treatment that Bolivia gave me was cruel and inhumane,” said De Angulo, who is now a lawyer and the founder and CEO of A Breeze of Hope, a charity that supports sexually abused children in Bolivia.

“But we shouldn’t have to have an international standard to say we should be treated humanely because there are still girls that are going through this, so at least there is finally recognition.”

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