Target: Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
Goal: Demand that the Bolivian government investigate the rape accusation brought against lawmaker Domingo Alcibia Rivera.
A recent video posted on YouTube shows a horrifying spectacle: an unconscious woman in Bolivia’s Parliament building raped by a colleague, identified by local news outlets as Bolivian politician Domingo Alcibia Rivera. In the midst of the media firestorm that has ensued, President Evo Morales has condemned Alcibia Rivera’s actions, but there are many potential roadblocks to a full investigation. Don’t let the Bolivian government sweep this crime under the rug. Tell Bolivia that the world is watching–sign the petition demanding a full and fair investigation into the alleged rape.
Security camera footage from the night of December 20 shows Domingo Alcibia Rivera–who was allegedly intoxicated after a holiday party with colleagues–entering the room where an unnamed woman sits unconscious in a chair. After other people in the room leave, Alcibia Rivera turns off the lights and appears to rape the woman on the floor. The lights come back on when some other people walk into the room, and Alcibia Rivera jumps up, fixes his pants, and returns the woman to the chair.
Despite this ample evidence of a sexual encounter with an unconscious woman, the Bolivian government’s response has been less than ideal. Although President Morales called for those involved to be put on leave pending a full investigation, an article on Jezebel alleges that “the guards who were on duty that night were dismissed after the incident” and that “Rivera has also conveniently disappeared, and the rape survivor was given another post.”
Tell the Bolivian government that a full investigation is imperative. Sign the petition and demand justice for the unnamed rape survivor.
Dear President Morales,
Rape is among the major problems facing people all over the world. Recently, however, an incident within Bolivia’s own Parliament has brought this issue to the forefront of Bolivian politics. I urge you to seek justice for the unnamed rape survivor and launch a full and fair investigation into politician Domingo Alcibia Rivera and the events of December 20, 2012.
Security camera footage from December 20 shows Alcibia Rivera, allegedly intoxicated after a holiday party, entering a room where a woman sits unconscious in a chair. When the other people in the room depart, Alcibia Rivera turns out the lights and appears to pull the woman to the floor and rape her. When other people enter the room and turn the lights back on, he quickly straightens up, fixes his pants, and sits the woman back in the chair.
Although Alcibia Rivera insists that what happened was not rape, a sexual encounter in which one person is unconscious is not a consensual act. Please stand up for the unnamed survivor and for rape survivors everywhere–pursue a criminal investigation of the events of December 20.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: captured from video footage, ABC.es