Mexican Woman Resorts to YouTube When Police Refuse to Help with Sexual Harassment

Nancy Rojas Pastelin is a 28-year old fashion designer living in Mexico City. She attempted to seek help from police when a man who had been harassing her verbally became more aggressive and began to stalk her. The police accused her of exaggerating about the man’s “flirtatious” behavior and said that they could do nothing unless the man grabbed or raped her. Outraged by the lack of police response, Pastelin decided to tell her story on YouTube. She posted a video titled, “Where is the Law for us Women?” that was linked to her Twitter account and viewed by more than 300,000 people. The video also got the attention of news media outlets and women’s groups in Mexico and the pressure eventually led police to pursue the harasser. Pastelin has now removed the video as her legal case goes forward. She says the results were mixed. She received many supportive comments and it did help get her case attention from the police but it also opened her up to abusive comments and the misuse of her photos and comments. Her utlimate question: why do women have to go to such lengths to be taken seriously when harassed?

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5 Responses to Mexican Woman Resorts to YouTube When Police Refuse to Help with Sexual Harassment

  1. I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve introduced in your post. They’re very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for starters. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  2. Roger G. says:

    Weren’t they supposed to “serve and protect”? Or am i wrong when expecting these things from them?

  3. Kristen Wade says:

    I believe that cases such as this have difficulty standing because a woman’s perspective is not taken much into account and so many people find it easy to somehow question what actually constitutes sexual harassment. It always seems as though the law tries to find ways to turn the victim into the wrong doer and justify the perpetrators actions. Mostly, I believe it’s because men are the ones in higher up positions and without a woman’s perspective on things in such positions, they can’t relate to the effects that could be caused by such things as sexual harassment and other instances such as it.

  4. Sarah Boyd says:

    This girl felt like her voice was not being heard and noone was listening to her about a guy who was stalking her so she went to Youtube to tell her story. I think social media is our generation’s form of protesting. This girl told the world what she was going thru dealing with her police department and got help for the solution. If she had not she probably would still be getting stalked or even worse the guy might have “done something” for the police to be involved. I have been in a position similiar to this girl I have an ex-boyfriend who was harrasing me and when I went to the police they told me they could not make him stay away from me since he had not “done anything yet” besides threaten me, verbally abuse me, and threaten to come to my home and break down the door. I took his threats seriously and was scared and my police department was not helping me, so i aplaude this girl who took it a step further and broadcasted her problem to try and find a solution. I hope everything works out for her.

  5. kendallc09 says:

    This could also be related to the “machismo” foundation, or the ideal that men must do anything to protect their masculinity. In this way the cops are using their power of masculinity to discredit her claim of harassment, demonstrated by their initial non-response to the situation. It would only be assumed that females cops would take more action; however assuming this is not the case it seems as if the men are protecting other men in a way.

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