Sexual assaults and criminal law: a look with a gender perspective

Project: Research Project

Project Details


• Conceptualize violence against women, understood as an evident form of discrimination, making use of international instruments, such as the Convention of Belem Do Para and CEDAW, as well as the categorizations of violence made by different authors, such as María Mercedes Gómez and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Justice.
• Analyze, from this conceptualization, the different criminal types of sexual assault enshrined in the Colombian Penal Code. This, as is evident, implies a dogmatic analysis of them, establishing how their typical elements, in cases of attacks against women and girls, should be interpreted in light of the definition of violence against women.
• Show that sexual assaults against women and girls also have a content of discrimination based on gender and are used as a mechanism of control and domination.
• Propose imputation options that respond to a full assessment of the unfair; that is, in this case, that they not only punish sexual assault, but also the discriminatory content that they have when they are carried out against women and girls.
• Evidence the different uses given to sexual assaults against women in different settings. For example, in private spheres, as a way of exercising control over the partner, in a context of abuse, and in public spheres, as a tool to generate terror and undermine the action of the counterpart, or as a genocidal strategy, in contexts of armed conflicts.


The advances of the research, as well as sections of the final result, could be presented in spaces such as congresses related to the subject, professors' seminars, doctoral colloquia, student seminars, and other academic spaces at a national and international level. In the same way, it is expected that some progress of the research will be published in an indexed journal, in the form of an article.

For its part, the ultimate goal of this research is the development of a book. At the end of the process there will be a text that can be published.
Effective start/end date2/1/2110/30/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Starter Funds


  • Bogotá D.C.


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