The news cycle of the past few months has been littered with the sullied or destroyed reputations of powerful men, people who have used their leverage within a given industry to prey on women - or, in one case, young men or boys - with what they had thought was complete impunity.
It is timely, therefore, that to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25), Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) has released updated statistics relating to physical and/or sexual abuse of women in Jalisco.
According to INEGI’s findings, 32.2 percent of women 15 years-of-age and older have suffered some form of physical abuse during their school years, and 20.5 percent in the last 12 months.
The statistic for sexual violence is even more grim: 44.2 percent of women over 15 have reported suffering from it at some point in the course of their lives.
It has furthermore been found that 72.7 percent of divorces or separations occurred as a result of some form of aggression towards the distaff side of the relationship.
Finally, INEGI’s researchers came to the conclusion that 18 percent of mothers in Jalisco were under the age of 18 when they gave birth to their first child.