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Capital: Managua  •  Currency:  Córdoba  •  President: Daniel Ortega  •  Population: 06.16 million (2016) World Bank •  Country code‎: ‎+505

March 27, 2017

 

16,400 Girls Under 14 Gave Birth

In The Last Decade

 

Over the last decade in Nicaragua, 16,400 girls under fourteen have given birth.  It’s a statistic that becomes even more alarming, when you consider that these births are all the product of rape.  The drama becomes even more complex in the face of a State that takes no action other than imposing obligatory maternity on these minors to the detriment of their health and welfare, although according to the Constitution, children’s well-being should be the higher interest.

 

The ten-year statistic amounts to 1,640 children having babies each year in Nicaragua. The figures come from the Legal Medicine institute, which also notes an average of four minors giving birth each day.  Very few people are ever legally processed as a result of this crime, even though article 168 of Nicaragua’s Penal Code establishes: “When the victim is under 14 years of age, the lack of consent should be presumed and, thus, a rape.”

 

“The statistics are alarming, grotesque,” said Mayte Ochoa, Ipas’ policy consultant in Central America. The organization recently published a research investigation entitled: “Pregnancy resulting from rape: girls under 14.” Through 15 cases of minors, the report sketches the panorama of sexual abuse and forced maternity in the country.

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