Lucia was 15 when she became pregnant. The news was a shock to her family: Lucia didn’t have a boyfriend and spent her time doing homework and singing in the church choir. But amid tears, the girl revealed to her mother that the local priest had been raping her for the past two years. Journalist Ian Bateson reports on how Nicaragua’s total ban on abortions, backed by President Daniel Ortega, has left girls like Lucia without options, and how a handful of women’s rights groups are fighting back.
Research Article|September 01 2017
Ian Bateson; “Justice is Afraid of the Priest’s Robe”: Rape and power in Nicaragua. World Policy Journal 1 September 2017; 34 (3): 36–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-4280148
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