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AP PHOTOS: Portraits of Argentine victims of gender violence

In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, Karina Abregu poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Abregu was set on fire by her husband, burning 55 percent of her body, and today she continues medical treatment. Abregu suffered years of mistreatment and although she reported 14 incidents over the course of 14 years, police did nothing until two months after the attack. She said the police ignored her calls for help. Police have been stationed outside her home for the past two years because she fears her ex-husband's friends will harm her. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, Karina Abregu poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Abregu was set on fire by her husband, burning 55 percent of her body, and today she continues medical treatment. Abregu suffered years of mistreatment and although she reported 14 incidents over the course of 14 years, police did nothing until two months after the attack. She said the police ignored her calls for help. Police have been stationed outside her home for the past two years because she fears her ex-husband's friends will harm her. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, Belen Torres poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Torres was beaten by her boss, just a few days after starting her first job in the capital doing administrative paperwork for an anesthesiologist, to help her family pay the bills. The doctor asked her to get high and tried to have sex with her. After he beat her, she was able to escape and run outside, where an unknown man called 911. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, Belen Torres poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Torres was beaten by her boss, just a few days after starting her first job in the capital doing administrative paperwork for an anesthesiologist, to help her family pay the bills. The doctor asked her to get high and tried to have sex with her. After he beat her, she was able to escape and run outside, where an unknown man called 911. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this March 7, 2017 photo, Ivana Rosales poses for a portrait in Neuquen, Argentina. In 2002, Rosales' husband tried to kill her twice in the same night. The next year he was found guilty of
In this March 7, 2017 photo, Ivana Rosales poses for a portrait in Neuquen, Argentina. In 2002, Rosales' husband tried to kill her twice in the same night. The next year he was found guilty of "attempted aggravated homicide" and sentenced to five years in prison, less than half the maximum expected for that crime after the judge considered there were "mitigating factors that justified his behavior." In response, the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) filed a lawsuit against Argentina at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, making it Argentina's first gender violence case in international jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 9, 2017 photo, Maira Maidana poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maidana feared that the day would come when her partner would try to kill her. On the day he would set her on fire, she was helping her mother decorate a ballroom to celebrate her younger brother's 17th birthday. Maidana was at the hospital for four months, while her mother took care of her children. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 9, 2017 photo, Maira Maidana poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maidana feared that the day would come when her partner would try to kill her. On the day he would set her on fire, she was helping her mother decorate a ballroom to celebrate her younger brother's 17th birthday. Maidana was at the hospital for four months, while her mother took care of her children. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 7, 2017 photo, Corina Fernandez poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Aug. 2, 2010, Fernandez was shot by her ex-husband three times in the chest at point blank range as she dropped her daughters off at school. She had reported to police death threats from her husband more than 80 times before she was finally shot, and the case set a legal precedent for gender violence in Argentina. Her husband died in prison on 2014.
In this Feb. 7, 2017 photo, Corina Fernandez poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Aug. 2, 2010, Fernandez was shot by her ex-husband three times in the chest at point blank range as she dropped her daughters off at school. She had reported to police death threats from her husband more than 80 times before she was finally shot, and the case set a legal precedent for gender violence in Argentina. Her husband died in prison on 2014. "I did not feel happy nor angry, but relieved," said Fernandez. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 10, 2017 photo, Mercedes Zambrano holds photos of her sister Adriana Marisel, taken on the last day she saw her alive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marisel was beaten to death in 2008 by her ex-husband, when a neighbor found the woman's 9-month-old daughter Josefina, breast feeding from her mother's dead body. The ex-husband was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years, which he already served. Zambrano said her family lives locked inside their home like prisoners, fearing a new attack, and that they're still trying to get full custody of Josefina, nine years later. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 10, 2017 photo, Mercedes Zambrano holds photos of her sister Adriana Marisel, taken on the last day she saw her alive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marisel was beaten to death in 2008 by her ex-husband, when a neighbor found the woman's 9-month-old daughter Josefina, breast feeding from her mother's dead body. The ex-husband was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years, which he already served. Zambrano said her family lives locked inside their home like prisoners, fearing a new attack, and that they're still trying to get full custody of Josefina, nine years later. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 9, 2017 photo, Maira Maidana poses for a portrait with the name of the women's movement
In this Feb. 9, 2017 photo, Maira Maidana poses for a portrait with the name of the women's movement "Not one Less" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fifty-nine surgeries later, Maidana has finally found the courage to tell the truth about what happened to her the night her husband set her on fire. She says she owes that courage to a grassroots movement of tens of thousands of people across Argentina who have mobilized to fight violence against women. Called Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less, the movement has spread rapidly across the world. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo, Romina Olivera poses for a photo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Olivera was set on fire on March 24, 2012 by her ex-husband, and spent six months in the hospital. Her attacker was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder. She says she has trouble getting a job after the attack that left 60 percent of her body burned.
In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo, Romina Olivera poses for a photo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Olivera was set on fire on March 24, 2012 by her ex-husband, and spent six months in the hospital. Her attacker was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder. She says she has trouble getting a job after the attack that left 60 percent of her body burned. "I feel stronger but he ruined my life." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Marcela Morera holds the word
In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Marcela Morera holds the word "Believe" which was given to her by a friend of her slain daughter Julieta Mena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julieta was beaten to death by her boyfriend on Oct. 11, 2015 when she was two months pregnant at age 22. He was sentenced to life in prison. "No one will give me back my daughter, or her baby," said Morera, who now works to help victims of gender violence. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this March 21, 2017 photo, Paola Mascambruni poses for a portrait at her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Five days before this photo was taken, Mascambruni was beaten by her partner, the father of one of their children. She suffered a fractured skull, nasal trauma, broken teeth, a severely bruised neck and hematomas all over her body. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this March 21, 2017 photo, Paola Mascambruni poses for a portrait at her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Five days before this photo was taken, Mascambruni was beaten by her partner, the father of one of their children. She suffered a fractured skull, nasal trauma, broken teeth, a severely bruised neck and hematomas all over her body. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Marcela Morera holds a picture of her late daughter Julieta Mena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julieta was beaten to death by her boyfriend on Oct. 11, 2015 when she was two months pregnant at age 22. He was sentenced to life in prison.
In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Marcela Morera holds a picture of her late daughter Julieta Mena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julieta was beaten to death by her boyfriend on Oct. 11, 2015 when she was two months pregnant at age 22. He was sentenced to life in prison. "No one will give me back my daughter, or her baby," said Morera, who now works to help victims of gender violence. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Monday, June 19, 2017 04:40 pm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Ivana Rosales says her husband tried to kill her twice in the same night.

That was back in 2002, after Rosales told him she was leaving him.

When her husband turned on her, Rosales didn't know what to do. Now, she has learned to use that terrible experience to help other women attacked by the men they once loved or worked for, reminding them of their rights, providing emotional support, even accompanying them to court.

Rosales is among the many faces of Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less, a movement of tens of thousands of people in Argentina who have mobilized to fight the country's systemic violence against women. "Ni Una Menos means the unity of women to fight this habit of killing," she said.

Through the movement, victims of violence like Rosales work to help other women before it's too late, convinced of the worth of every single woman, of the belief that love should never hurt.

Fellow victim Belen Torres, beaten by her employer earlier this year, made a video from her hospital room to tell women who experience similar violence to report it to authorities. The 20-year-old said she was grateful she survived the attack and hoped to help other women by sharing her story.

Paola Mascambruni managed to escape with her life when she was being beaten by her former boyfriend, picturing her children in her mind to stay strong.

Although Marcela Morera says "no one will give me back my daughter, or her baby" she is committed to helping victims of gender violence like her daughter Julieta Mena, who was killed on Oct. 11, 2015 when she was 22. Beaten to death by her boyfriend, she was two months pregnant at the time.

Some victims, including Maira Maidana, were set on fire by their partners, an especially brutal form of attack first recorded in Argentina in February 2010. Maidana survived to scream, "Ni una menos!" and work to ensure other women don't end up scarred like her, or dead.

Corina Fernandez was shot by her husband after reporting his death threats to police more than 80 times. He finally caught up with her as she dropped her daughters off at school, firing three times into her chest on Aug. 2, 2010. Fernandez said that when her husband died in prison in 2014, "I did not feel happy nor angry, but relieved."

Mercedes Zambrano lost her sister Adriana Marisel in 2008 when she was beaten to death by her ex-husband. A neighbor found Marisel's 9-month-old daughter Josefina breastfeeding from her dead body. Zambrano's relatives are still fighting to get full custody of the girl, who is now 9. They live in fear of the child's father who served some years in prison but is now free.

"Every day that I see a dead woman on the news, it feels like my sister is dying again," Zambrano said.

         

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