A 14-year-old girl in Chile revealed her stepfather allegedly raped her. But her biological father who beat her saying she deserved to be raped ‘for being a lesbian’.
The girl told her partner in December that her stepfather had raped her the year before. Her mother then sent her away to live with her biological father, but she was not safer there either.
According to Chile’s main LGBTI organization, Movilh, her evangelical Christian father allegedly has kept the girl detained illegally. He has also stopped her from speaking to anyone and beat her with a leash.
He claimed she deserved the rape and that he beat her to get the ‘bad out of her’.
‘This is a very worrying and serious situation, and it has everyone at our organization in distress,’ Movilh said in a statement.
The organization took the matter to the Prosecutor’s Office and has urged it act to protect the teenager. According to Movilh lawyer, Monica Arias, the Investigative Police (PDI) are attempting to extract the girl as Movilh prepares a protection in the resource.
In the meantime the mother of the girl’s 16-year-old partner has offered for the girl to live with them.
‘The victim’s partner, happily, has the support of their mother, who is willing to take custody of the girl,’ Movilh said in the statement.
‘So we will do everything possible to make this happen in the short term. We hope that justice act quickly.’
While Chileans overwhelmingly support LGBTI rights, violence is still an issue there.
Chile currently offers civil partnerships to same-sex couples. The previous president introduced a bill to legalize love but the new Chilean president recently stated legalizing same-sex marriage is not a priority.