When I was barely 15 years old, I had a teacher whom we nicknamed “El Papelón”, since he used to form a ball of notebook sheets and place it in the crotch and stand in front of the students, but not before ordering that the most attractive girls be they will sit in front; the discovery arose when the ball fell to the floor under his pants and, hence, the nickname of this subject. “El Papelón” was never ceased or punished and he continued teaching despite his fame; reporting it was impossible.
In the minds of grandparents, parents and teachers, contrary ideas could cross that the accuser was the sick and delusional, and not the teacher or the priest, the owner of the store, the drunken uncle or the deranged cousin and later the boss of the shop. job, producer, artist, singer, politician and candidate.
Today, as a father and grandfather, I give thanks to Tarana Burke, creator of the “Me Too” Movement that encouraged women around the world, whether famous or anonymous, to share their experiences of sexual abuse, harassment or rape and put an end to impunity in all areas and where not only women are violated, but anyone, from childhood to old age.
Fortunately, whoever feels outraged already speaks, denounces and continues the issue, and little by little he is believed, his word is trusted and, even though much remains to be modified, there are already legal penalties that can lead to dismissal, contempt public and to jail.
There are also advantages such as the “harassment clotheslines” where today in middle and higher education schools it is already denounced and the protests are viralized like lightning in the networks and, at least, the accused already think of them to fall back into cheap temptations .
But we must not forget that abuse, rape or rape, all of a sexual nature, in Mexico is little punishable and only in 16 states are they classified as a crime and in the rest of the country only the term harassment is used.
As an example of impunity there are some well-known shabby politicians who will continue to govern from a distance and are covered up by friendship or obscure interests.
Let us listen carefully to the abused and put the new Legislature to work to toughen the laws. _