During the #MeTooMx Forum organized by the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District and held in Mexico City on April 11th, it was reported that the online complaint platform received a total of 424,867 complaints of sexual abuse and harassment by 230,578 users, from March 21st to April 4th. Furthermore, the thematic accounts of Me Too in the fields of employment of the Academy, Arts, Activism, Culture, UNAM, Journalism and Creativity, have already added a total of 2,393 confidential reports of harassment or sexual abuse. The final statement demanded that the State will report on the actions it will take in response to these complaints not later than May 6th, and in a general manner prevent and eradicate discrimination and violence against women.
The Mexican Me Too Movement began on March 21st, when women began to report aggressions committed against them, as well as the negligence or omission of different authorities to deal with their complaints. It is not the first collective action of denunciation online as there is a history since at least 2015 under different hashtags: #ropasucia, #MiPrimerAcoso, #SiMeMatan (emphasising the re-victimization of women who report) or # YoSíTeCreo, but none of the previous initiatives had achieved this level of going viral.
This phenomenon occurs in a country where six out of ten women have suffered at least one incident of violence – double the world average – and nine are killed daily. According to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP in its Spanish acronym), in 2011 there were 11,593 investigation files for rape, 18,288 for sexual abuse and 2,825 for sexual harassment, figures that are estimated to be far below the real levels of violence. In addition, almost 95% of crimes go unpunished.
One of the aspects that has been most questioned in this new attempt at visibility towards action is that many women have preferred that their testimonies remain anonymous. Critics claim that accusations lose credibility, that innocent people can be discredited and that cases cannot be brought to justice. The defenders point to the impunity in the cases and the right of the victims to express themselves without being recognized, besides being a tool of protection against possible reprisals.
For more information in Spanish:
Llegaron más de 424 mil denuncias en plataforma MeTooMX (La Jornada, 11 de abril de 2019)
#MeToo: un grito que cruza fronteras (NewsweekMexico, 7 de abril de 2019)
El #MeToo mexicano: una marea que visibilizó el acoso y la violencia; el anonimato, a debate (Proceso, 1ero de abril de 2019)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Nacional : OSC denuncian omisiones en investigación y combate a feminicidios 16 de agosto de 2018.
Nacional/Internacional : Publican el informe « Observaciones finales sobre el noveno informe periódico de México, la Convención para la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW) » (30 de julio de 2018)