Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | December 16, 2010

Girls Raped By Armed Forces

It is extremely worrysome that members of Colombia’s Armed Forces are reportedly responsible for cases of sexual violence involving girls.

On May 15, 2009 in Tame, Arauca, a 14-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a professional soldier from the Navas Pardo Batalion. The soldier has been retired from his post and faces a criminal investigation.

On April 8, 2010 in Arauca, Arauca, another 14-year-old girl was raped and beaten allegedly by members of the Army’s XVIII Brigade. The girl was on her way to school when she was seen arguing with a soldier. She was later found unconscious from a blow to the head at the side of a road where she’d been raped. The soldier is in custody.

On october 2, 2010 in Vereda Caño Limón in Tame, Arauca, a girl was gang-raped reportedly by members of the Army’s V Mobile Brigade. She was home with other children when the men arrived. They dragged her out to some nearby tall weeds and and raped her. The girl’s mother reported the incident to the district’s attorney’s office in Tame.

On October 14, 2010, in Vereda Flor Amarillo in Tame, Arauca, another 14-year-old girl, Yenny Torres Jaimes, was raped and murdered allegedly also by members of the Army’s V Mobile Brigade. You can read her story here.


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  2. This link describes similar acts in Dabeiba, Antioquia. It is a report by the COMISION INTERECLESIAL DE JUSTICIA Y PAZ, a government agency that investigates such claims.

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