“…Though there are no reliable statistics, rape is thought to be exceedingly common in Mexico. It is estimated that at most, one in 10 victims report the crime. Government officials have reported an estimated incidence of about 120,000 to 130,000 rapes per year; but Marianne Mollmann, the women’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said the real number is probably closer to one million.
“In many states (in Mexico) sex with a minor is only a crime if the child is “honest” and “chaste,” and in many states the age of consent is 12, 13, 14 or “at puberty” regardless of age. And the criminalizing of incest victims means that incest cases are rarely prosecuted. In 2005, for example, the state of Guanajato investigated a woman for incest after her father, who had been molesting her since age six, reported her to authorities. The woman’s husband told Human Rights Watch that the local public prosecutor threatened to arrest his wife on incest charges.