Oaxaca: Olimpia Law Used for First Time


On February 12th, the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca (FGEO) published a statement informing about “the probable responsibility in the crime of violation of sexual intimacy” of a young man with the initials JMLP. He was accused of displaying and sharing photos and intimate videos of his ex-girlfriend on social networks in July 2019.

According to Ruben Vaconcelos Mendez, the attorney general, this is the first case in which the Olimpia Law is applied, which was approved by the congresses of 16 Mexican states. It seeks to punish people who share intimate images of another person without their consent with sentences of between four and six years in jail.

The law was named after a woman named Olimpia Coral Melo. In 2012, an intimate video of her with her then partner was disseminated through social networks without her consent causing harassment and teasing that almost led her to commit suicide.

After overcoming her depression, she began promoting this law together with the National Front for Sorority that she herself founded. In 2018 they finally got the Puebla Congress to approve it as the first state in all of Mexico.

At the moment the accused in the case in Oaxaca, J.M.L.P., is in pretrial detention. This first application of the Olimpia Law is celebrated by feminist groups: “Today in Oaxaca the first case prosecuted for the crime of Violation of Sexual Intimacy. And this is thanks to the compañeras who dared to look for ways in which digital violence was criminalized in Oaxaca, […] to all the compañeras who have gone out to march and demand.”

For more information in Spanish:

Por primera vez, aplican Ley Olimpia en Oaxaca (Educa el 14 de febrero de 2020)

Judicializan en Oaxaca el primer caso por Ley Olimpia (Aristegui Noticias el 14 de febrero de 2020)

Hombre comparte en redes contenido sexual de una mujer en Oaxaca y va a prisión (El Universal el 13 de febrero de 2020)

¿De qué se trata la Ley Olimpia? (El Sol de México el 3 de diciembre de 2019)

El ABC de la ‘Ley Olimpia’, una realidad en 16 estados (Expansión Política el 23 de diciembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Aprueban la ley contra la violencia digital de género (July 12, 2019)

Chiapas: Two Women Murdered in Tonala (January 14, 2020)

Oaxaca: 126 Femicides One Year after Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (September 2, 2019)

Chiapas: Groups Denounce Increase in Femicides and Transfemicides in the State (August 27, 2019)

National: Over 424,000 on Mexican #Me Too (May 7, 2019)

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