Colombian Army Soldier Attacks Woman

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 April 2011

On the evening of April 3rd two women were assaulted in their home in La Victoria, Narino department by a soldier. A man in military uniform kidnapped them from their home, later allowing one of the women to go since she could not walk properly. The other woman was taken to a roadside between two army posts where the man attacked her with a knife and then sexually assaulted her. The victim was then thrown down an embankment where troops found her after relatives came looking for her. She was bleeding heavily and only narrowly survived.

The attacker was later identified as Jose Jesus Advincula Delgado, a professional soldier in the Colombian army. He was later arrested by army troops, but then freed. No crime scene investigation was carried out and the troops stationed in the area were immediately transferred elsewhere, immensely jeopardising the possibility of a proper investigation.

A recent report by the Dutch government and Oxfam concluded that sexual violence is generalised across Colombia. The report documented nearly 95,000 rapes, of which 2,000 were carried out by troops of the Colombian army. The report also concluded that nearly 20% of women in conflict areas had been victims of sexual violence of some kind and that the war made women much more vulnerable to violence both at home and in public spaces.



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