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Salvadoran Rape Survivor Cleared After Prior Conviction for Killing Stillborn

HeadlineAug 20, 2019

In El Salvador, a 21-year-old rape survivor, who was being retried on aggravated homicide charges for having a stillborn birth in 2016, has been acquitted. A court in El Salvador — where abortion is illegal — sentenced Evelyn Hernández to 30 years in prison in 2017, but the conviction was later annulled before heading back to trial earlier this month. This is Evelyn Hernández speaking after her acquittal.

Evelyn Hernández: “I know it’s been tough all this time, being in the courtroom and seeing how I was being accused of something that I was innocent of. And I also ask — there are many women who are still locked up, and I call for them to be freed soon, too.”

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