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Please visit the California-based group, Set Patricia Free, and show your support.


In 1995, Norma Patricia Esparza, a friend, mother, and colleague was sexually assaulted at the age of 20. Like many victims of sexual violence, she did not report the incident to the police. Eighteen years later, she faces the substantial costs of defending herself against legal charges that she was somehow responsible for the perpetrator’s ultimate death several months later. Since the attack 18 years ago, she has worked hard to build her life. Despite having been born in a poor farming village in Mexico, she became an American citizen, earned a doctorate degree in the USA and is now a university professor in Europe.

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Recent Interest

The Fellow Traveler Newsletter:


  1. Nurse Uncut – The Cycle of Victimisation
  2. Caroline Heldman – Patricia Esparza: Victim on Trial


  1. Slate.com: How much responsibility does the victim bear in the murder of her alleged rapist, Gonzalo Ramirez?
  2. Huffington Post: Perspective on Rape: Can Women Trust the Justice System?

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