Women continue to be the target of violence in Latin America

According to a report by the Pan American Health Organization, between 17 and 53 of women in 12 Latin American countries have been victims of some kind of mistreatment or sexual abuse by their significant others.

Between 41 and 82 percent of those women suffered physical injuries, from cuts and bruises to broken bones, burns and miscarriages; between 28 and 64 percent, however, did not file complaints or seek help from anyone.

The study revealed that Bolivia is the country with the highest index of abuse targeting women; in Colombia, 130 women were murdered by their spouses in 2011.

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