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Rape, The Invisible Crime In Colombia’s Drawn-Out Civil War

Sexual violence against women and girls has been a common, though rarely talked about, practice in Colombia’s decades-old civil war. A new report by Amnesty International highlights the problem, and urges Colombian leaders to end the impunity.

The cover photo for Amnesty International's report on sexual violence in Colombia.
The cover photo for Amnesty International's report on sexual violence in Colombia.
Marie Delcas

BOGOTA -- Carmenza's voice cracks as she recalls her experience. "The paramilitary men raped me in front of my husband. Then they slit his throat. In front of me." That was in 2003. Carmenaza was 37, with four children. She never registered a complaint. "What would be the point?" she asks.

Little by little the subject of sexual violence in Colombia is becoming less taboo. Human rights groups and women's organizations are talking openly about the numerous acts of rape and other types of sexual violence committed by men from all sides of the country's decades-long armed conflict. But the state continues to sit on its hands. Impunity is still the rule of thumb.

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