Tuesday, October 19

Young Mexican women denounce abuse of a renowned dance teacher

The dancers are a very harassed sector.

The dancers are a very harassed sector.

A group of six young people reported having been victims of harassment and sexual abuse of the National Dance Company (CND) of Mexico, in addition to having received bad treatment from the capital prosecutor’s office.

The women, aged 20 and 21, claim to have suffered alleged abuses by Alfredo Tomás Aldama Sánchez being his students and minors (They were 15 and 16 years old).

According to the information provided to EFE this Tuesday by Vianney Martín del Campo, the lawyer who handles the case and specializes in gender and human rights issues, there are currently two open folders: the first (in which two of the young women appear ) for sexual abuse and harassment; and the second for corruption of minors.

Both are under investigation although, assured Martín del Campo, progress is being very slow and the complainants have encountered many obstacles on the part of the Prosecutor’s Office.

“They have done some errands but it is being a slow process. They have been quite mistreated and revictimized about why they did not report and that now they will not proceed because of them,” he said. In addition, he explained that one of them was also denied a legal advisor and another was sent to psychiatry to evaluate her and she did not want to return.

Before the publication of her name and the testimonies of the young women, the lawyer explained that the dancer said that the accusations are not true and that he will proceed legally, something of which for now they have no news.

“Hello everyone. Today a complaint against me began to appear. I am being defamed and this is a very serious crime. I have nothing to hide, I have a clear conscience. I am going to take legal action for all this” , says the artist on his Facebook profile. EFE tried to locate the dancer to find out his version but it was not possible to contact him.

Two days ago, the young women, hooded, told their case and demonstrated in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes next to a banner with the face of the alleged aggressor.

Since then, Martín del Campo exhibited, New victims of Aldama Sánchez have been reported and also other dance groups that accused another alleged aggressor. “The movement is getting big and we want that to grow so that there is no more silence. I think the vulnerability is that they were girls and because of the pain (shame) they did not tell the parents,” said the litigant. He explained that the objective is to give visibility to this case, which is focused on the dancers, who are a very harassed sector. “We will file complaints and do what needs to be done,” he added.

With this case, another new “hashtag” was generated in social networks within the #MeToo movement, #MeTooBallet, in a country where more than ten women are murdered a day and impunity reaches more than 95%, generating a circle of violence from which the country cannot distinguish itself.


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