~ This article was originally published by SinEmbargo on March 21, 2016 ~
A year after a minor was the victim of a sexual assault by four young men in Boca del Río, Veracruz, her father is demanding justice from the government of Javier Duarte and the state prosecutor’s office. The young men have been described on social media as the “Porkys of Costa de Oro,” and allegedly form part of a criminal group composed of “juniors,” the majority of them sons of high-ranking state officials or the wealthy upper classes.
Javier Arturo Fernández Torres, the father of a young woman who was raped by a group of four young men (all over 18 years old) a year ago in Veracruz has demanded that the state prosecutor’s office and the gubernatorial administration of Javier Duarte de Ochoa provide justice by ensuring that the perpetrators receive prison sentences.
The gang-rape occurred in January, 2015, in Boca del Río, Veracruz, when the four young men—Enrique Capitaine Marín, Jorge Cotaita Cabrales, Diego Cruz Alonso, and Gerardo Rodríguez Acosta—forced Daphne into a car against her will and took her to one of their homes in the Costa de Oro residential development and sexually assaulted her in the apartment’s bathroom.
The young men have been labeled the “Porkys of Costa de Oro” on social media, and presumably belong to a criminal group composed of “Juniors,” the privileged children of government officials and the wealthy upper class.
Although the rape occurred in January of 2015, the criminal complaint was filed in May of that year after the young woman decided to tell her family what had occurred.
A year after the tragedy, her father is demanding justice from Javier Duarte’s government and has written an open letter describing how the families of the perpetrators have undertaken a defamatory campaign against his daughter.
“This letter is directed, regardless of my immense pain and sadness, to inform the public of what the families involved have done, despite knowing what happened, despite having spoken to me, despite seeming dismayed by it, despite having acknowledged the events, despite having filmed videos in which their sons apologize to my daughter for the harm they caused, despite all this, they have undertaken a campaign to mercilessly and immorally attack, defame, and slander the victim, with the objective of preventing their sons from ever assuming responsibility for the crime they committed,” wrote Mr. Fernández Torres.
The case is in the hands of the appropriate authorities in Veracruz with case number INV.MINST: 592/15/1ESP/VER/05 MESA I.
In a video that is circulating on social networks the four young men are seen admitting their responsibility for the sexual assault on the young woman.
In Daphne’s case, although there is a charge against the juniors, the authorities have not done anything, since the perpetrators’ parents are influential people in Veracruz’s central zone.
“Unfortunately, almost a year after filing the complaint, and with sufficient evidence, testimony, and resources to bring charges, they have not done so. I would like to know why they have not been charged? Is there truth to the rumors that “they have everything arranged and nothing will happen” because they are part of high society and have close ties with Veracruz’s political class?” the girl’s father asked in the missive.
The letter contains paragraphs directed at each of the parents of the young men involved in the rape:
“To Jorge Cotaita and Alicia Cabrales, parents of Jorge Cotaita Cabrales:
You in particular have been the most unjust, the most inhumane, the most cynical, the most cowardly, and the most immoral in this situation; I cannot find the words to describe your behavior. It reveals the most vile features of the human race. You have dedicated yourselves to defaming my daughter and my family, you have spread the lie that I requested money, that I am extorting you.
Your behavior as parents makes you complicit in your son’s crime. Your behavior as parents has direct consequences on your children’s behavior and if you are capable of committing these atrocities, it is only logical that your son would become the delinquent he is, and worse. How is it possible that after speaking with you, after you accepted what happened, after having cried, after asking how you would punish your son (you reiterated that your punishment would make an example of him), after your son apologized to my daughter and said why he had done it, would you change the story and make the victim the guilty one?”
[Jorge Cotaita Cabrales had previously killed a cyclist while driving under the influence, a crime for which he also avoided punishment]
Attorney General Insists the Case will be Investigated
As regards the accusation, this Monday the state attorney general, Luis Ángel Bravo Contreras, insisted that the matter will be resolved according to law.
“Be assured that the matter will be resolved according to law, I await the decision that will be made by the state prosecutor’s office best official, Consuelo Lagunas, who is in charge of the case,” said Bravo Contreras.
He noted that the verdict would not please some of the parties involved. “The investigation has been carried out punctually, the accuser and accused have received appropriate guarantees, and it will be decided according to law. I know that when a case becomes a public matter and the media becomes involved there develops a flow of commentary on social media, and in the news, and among columnists, but the truth is what matters.”
The Attorney General recognized that if there is pressure from public opinion and the news media, nevertheless, the real pressure on the prosecutor’s office is to determine what the law requires.
He observed that the assault was denounced four months after the tragedy occurred and the prosecutor’s office was in the process of formation. He explained that although there is a clamor for justice, laws require time. “Do not pressure me to publicize a case,” he warned.
This article was originally published by SinEmbargo under the title “Un año después de que cuatro juniors atacaron a su hija, el padre exige justicia a Duarte” and is available at: http://www.sinembargo.mx/21-03-2016/1638990?utm_source=Relacionados&utm_medium=Lista&utm_campaign=SEO
Translation by Michael Lettieri, Trans-Border Institute