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12.21.10 - In October 2010, the Center submitted a shadow letter before the Committee against Torture to shed light on the dire situation of pervasive sexual violence against girls in schools in Ecuador and examine the human rights violations associated with such acts. The letter highlights the case of Paola Guzman v. Ecuador, which is pending before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and urges the government of Ecuador to enact legislation and implement mechanisms to both prevent this violence from happening and to provide appropriate remedies if it does. The letter also discusses the adverse impact that lack of, or limited, access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services has on adolescent survivors of sexual violence in schools.
To download the Center’s shadow letter to the Committee against Torture regarding the systemic sexual violence in schools in Ecuador and the government’s inaction in addressing this problem, see below.