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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CARCEDO CABANAS, Ana  and  SAGOT RODRIGUEZ, Monserrat. Femicidio en Costa Rica: balance mortal. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.1, pp.05-16. ISSN 2215-5287.

For many women and young girls, the family circle is the most violent and harmful enviroment to be in. Contrasting more than 70000 women died in their own homes to the 57685 american soldiers who died in Vietnan during the war, we realize this is a big issue. In Costa Rica, land of peace, from all the women to go to CEFEMINA for help, 15% were harmed with gums, 31 % with knifes, 24% with others objects. The risk of dying is part of the daily life of many women, 58% have felt the danger of dying in the hands of their aggressor, 47% consider suicide, 48% have lo leave their homes from fear of dying. In this study we detect 44 cases of homicide of women (Femicide) which were not inciuded in the yearbook of the Organismo de lnvestigacion Judicial, thus, making this subregistry, another way to make violence against women.

Keywords : violence against women and young girls; homicide; Femicide; social problem; family violence; CEFEMINA; daily violence; pornography; sexual exploit.

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