María Magdalena: Story of a Femicide Attempt

Q COSTA RICA, by María Fernanda Cruz, –  Murdering women just for being women is called femicide. In 2015 this affected 6 of every 100,000 women. This is a first-person account from one of them, María Magdalena, who is from Nambí de Nicoya.
I got pregnant when I was fifteen. My boyfriend was nineteen. That was sixteen years ago. When I became of age he moved in with me and my mother, and then he started beating me.
In the beginning my mother told me that this guy might kill me, but I stayed with him and she didn’t say anything more. I got pregnant again and we rented a place.
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