The Public Ministry responded to an official letter from a group of UDI deputies, who questioned the statements by President Boric on the existence of this type of crime and requested a pronouncement from the Judiciary.
The National Prosecutor (s), Juan Agustín Meléndez, issued a circular by which the Public Ministry confirmed the existence of 309 cases that are being investigated for crimes of a sexual nature, reported between October 18, 2019 and on March 31, 2020, during the social outbreak.
In detail, there are 47 complaints registered as “sexual violence”, 254 identified in the category “forced undressing”, while 8 are being investigated for the crimes of “rape, sexual abuse with surprise and/or without consent, and sexual abuse with the circumstance of rape”.
The information —shared by Agencia Uno— was sent by the Prosecutor's Office as a response to a request< /strong>carried out by four deputies from the UDI caucus: Flor Weisse, Marta Bravo, Natalia Romero and Marlene Pérez. The parliamentarians officiated at the Judiciary on October 18, with the aim of having it rule on the statements made by the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, who referred to the existence of this type of crime.
Let us remember that the president, in his speech on the occasion of the third anniversary of the social outbreak, said that “there were sexual abuses” committed by police officers during said period.
The progress of the investigations
Along with confirming the existence of these complaints, the Prosecutor's Office reported the status of the processes.
With consolidated data up to September 14 of this year, the Public Ministry registers ten formalized investigations, eight of which correspond to forced stripping, one to sexual violence and one to sexual crimes.
In addition, the persecuting entity assured that the total number of cases investigated for crimes of institutional violence that occurred during the social outbreak amounts to 10,761.