Ask Mexican Officials to Ensure Justice for Rape Victims

Spanish tourists raped

Target: Mayor of Acapulco, Luis Walton

Goal: Ensure justice for six tourists raped at gunpoint in Acapulco

Fourteen Spanish tourists were staying at a beach bungalow when the unthinkable happened. Intruders broke in before dawn, tied up the seven men, and raped six out of the seven women. The intruders, thought to be members of a drug cartel, also stole electronics and shoes from the vacationers. Reportedly, one woman was spared from the rape because she claimed to be of Mexican descent, and was thus considered off-limits by the rapists.

Mayor of Acapulco, Luis Walton, expressed his sympathies for the event, but has been criticized for mentioning that the rapes could damage the image of the city as a tourist destination. Rather than focusing on the violence that occurred, he chose to focus on the publicity of the event. He has publicly apologized for this comment and has affirmed his commitment to arresting the perpetrators of the rape. However, to date, no arrests have been made.

Rapes are one of the most underreported crimes; women who have been sexually assaulted must have the support they need to overcome these attacks. Please ask Mexican officials to ensure justice for rape victims.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Luis Walton,

As you know, six Spanish tourists were recently raped while staying in Acapulco. One woman was spared because she claimed Mexican descent, but the other six were not so fortunate. These women were accompanied by seven men, who were bound and forced to watch the rapes. The intruders also robbed the fourteen vacationers, stealing electronics and shoes from their bungalow. This atrocious crime has been blamed on several men affiliated with drug trafficking, some of whom may have met the tourists earlier in the trip. Despite this positive identification, no arrests have been made to date.

Shortly after the event, you made the comment that this rape could have ‘happened anywhere,’ and that it is concerning that this event could damage the image of the city as a tourist destination. Although you have graciously apologized for the way that this comment was construed, it is still concerning that no arrests have been made, though the police force claims to know who the culprits are. Please do not let publicity overshadow the violence that occurred in Acapulco.

Rapes are often unreported, and these women came forward, hoping that justice would be swift for their rapists. Please ensure that these women receive justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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