Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz became one of the 100 most influential people of 2021, according to Time Magazine's list. The activist from Puebla stands out for defending women's rights and fighting against digital violence.
She turned her experience into action, says the Time Magazine in her semblance; since she lived everything that comes with being a victim of digital violence and therefore decided to act so that no other person would go through the same thing.
Olimpia was born in Huauchinango, Puebla, in 1995. As a student, in her home town, she stood out internationally in debate and public speaking competitions.
She defines herself as "defender, uncomfortable feminist, lover of us (women), happy to be born a woman", also holds the slogan "our bodies are not for fun on social networks".
— Olimpia (@OlimpiaCMujer) September 15, 2021
Activist against digital violence
Olimpia Coral Melo's struggle began after being a victim of the dissemination of an intimate video (a fact known as revenge porn) with her ex-partner, despite the difficult situation, she decided to defend her rights and those of other women with similar situations, as well as to prevent others from going through the same thing.
In 2014 she presented an initiative in the Congress of the State of Puebla, which was approved until 2018, and later it was at the federal level; this, is called Ley Olimpia.
On June 2, 2021 was published the law that punishes digital violence in Mexico, which specifies that it is:
"Any malicious action carried out through the use of information and communication technologies, by which real or simulated images, audios or videos of intimate sexual content of a person are exposed, distributed, disseminated, exhibited, transmitted, commercialized, offered, exchanged or shared without their consent, without their approval or without their authorization and that causes them psychological, emotional damage, in any area of their private life or in their self-image. "
This crime is punishable by a penalty of three to six years imprisonment and a fine of 500 to one thousand Units of Measurement and Updating, for whoever:
"Videotapes, audiotapes, photographs, prints or elaborates, divulges, shares, distributes or publishes images, videos or audios of intimate sexual content of a person who is of legal age, without his/her consent, approval or authorization."
The sanction increases when the crime is committed by the spouse, common-law spouse, or by any person with whom the victim has or has had a sentimental, affective or trusting relationship.
It also criminalizes and punishes harassment, threats and insults, violation of data and private information, as well as the dissemination of images with sexual content without consent; as well as texts true or altered photographs or videos through digital media, social networks, email, applications or any other digital space.