Aug
21
2018

Two thousand documented cases of sexual violence delivered victims to the JEP

They were collected for more than two years throughout the national territory, as an initiative led by three women's organizations: The Network of Women Victims and Professionals, the National Table of Victims and the campaign is not Time to make silence.

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"Here is our truth and our confidence", said Yolanda Perea, a spokeswoman for the survivors of this crime in the country, by handing over the documents they hope to start investigating.

"We will know how to live up to the expectations and commitments that victims impose on us", said Patricia Linares, president of Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), after receiving three cases with two thousand documented cases of sexual violence in the context of armed conflict in Colombia.

They were collected for more than two years throughout the national territory, as an initiative led by three women's organizations: The Network of Women Victims and Professionals, the National Table of Victims and the campaign is not Time to Stop.

"What they have is work", said Elsy Serna, one of the representatives to event, when referring to the intention to bring these cases to the attention of JEP, which she urged to continue with the investigation process to give voice to all those who have not yet dared to speak. "In the territories there are women waiting to raise their voices".

In this sense, Yolanda Perea, another of promoters of this initiative, also said that she recalled that there are more than 28 thousand victims included in the Single Victim Registry for the crime of sexual violence. "I propose to work together to find the truth in the territories", he said, referring to the magistrates.

In this regard, Oscar Javier Parra, vice president of the Chamber of Recognition and Truth of the JEP, said that "Victims can count on our support and commitment. We take this report as a path of participation in which we hope to meet expectations", he told the more than 50 women from across the country who were present at the ceremony.

Previously the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, who works in the construction of a monument in Bogotá with the weapons left by the ex-guerrillas of the Farc, criticized that "comfortable intentional ignorance" in the face of the sexual violence that has made us a bit accomplices to all the Colombians, and for that reason he highlighted the courage and strength of the people who, having gone through this pain, have dared to speak.

To break with this ignorance and to bring the reality of that crime to the public light, Giovanni Álvarez Santoyo, director of the Investigation and Accusation Unit of JEP, committed himself in the event to develop research models that do not stigmatize or generate risks additional for the survivors of conflict.