Fathers rape with impunity, fuelling Guatemala’s teen pregnancies: rights group

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Guatemala, most pregnancies among girls under 14 are the result of rape at the hands of fathers or other relatives, but often it is the girl who is forced to leave the family home, and few perpetrators are punished, said a leading rights campaigner. Nearly a quarter of all births in Guatemala are among teenage mothers – one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America. “In the majority of cases of sexual violence against girls, some as young as 10, most are committed by family members, mainly by the girl’s father or stepfather,” said Mirna Montenegro, the head of Guatemala’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Observatory (OSAR).
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