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One in four adult women living in Merida assures to have faced any kind of situation related to harassment or sexual violence. From July to last December, 94, 276 thousand women from Merida faced a situation of this kind, the 25.3 percent of the city’s over eighteen female population.
In the most recent edition of the Encuesta Nacional de Seguridad Pública Urbana 2020, the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía provides statistical information about harassment and sexual violence victims in 86 of this country’s major cities.
Merida ranks in the 27th position, because overall 128, 085 thousand people that live in Merida assure to have faced any kind of harassment or sexual violence. From these, 73.6 percent are women and 26.4 percent are men.
With these new numbers Merida dropped 11 positions in comparison with the same period in 2019, but it is necessary to take into account the measures of social distancing as a consequence of the pandemic. However, numbers still represent the 15.7 percent of the adult population living in the Yucatecan capital, 1.4 percentage points over the national average that is 14.3 percent.
The poll refers to any situation of sexual violence like: “rude or offensive compliments of sexual kind about your body that made you upset or offended you”; “someone tried to force you or compel you using physical power, trickery or extortion to have sexual intercourse without consent, or against your will”, or “you were offered money, gifts or any other kind of goods in exchange for any kind of sexual service, that you found offensive or humiliating”.
It is also questioned about if “some person forced you to have sexual intercourse against your will”, “some person showed you their intimate parts or touched your intimate parts or touched their intimate parts in front of you, and you felt mad, offended or scared” or “you were groped, touched, kissed or rubbed up against, leaned on or laid on with sexual motives without your consent”.
New media is included in questions like “you received message or comments were published about you, with sexual purposes, insults or sexual offenses, through the phone, e-mail or social media (like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc.), that made you mad or offended you”; “you received messages, insults or sexual offenses that were humiliating for you through the phone, e-mail or social media (like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc.)” or “you were forced to watch sexual scenes or acts or pornography (pictures, magazines, videos or movies)”.