Girl films Her Father Confessing to Having Sexually Abused Her for 18 Years and Posts it to FacebookApril 18, 2017 23409
â€˜How are you, paedophile? Do you admit everything you did to me? The 18 years of sexual abuse? Do you admit youâ€™re a paedophile?â€™
Thatâ€™s the start of the video uploaded to Facebook by Romina Balaguer, a 35-year-old Argentinian woman who now lives in Barcelona. In the nine-minute clip Romina gets her father, Antonio Cisneros, to confess to having sexually abused her during 18 years. After suffering from depression for many years â€“ even attempting suicide â€“ Romina decided to travel to OlavarrÃa, the Argentine city where she spent her childhood. She was determined to find and confront her father over the abuse she had suffered at his hands. The woman filmed the encounter with her phone and posted it to Facebook a few days later. It quickly went viral, and has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, causing shockwaves across Argentina.
The video shows Romina interrogating her father about the rapes and abuses he inflicted on her. All while he continues to eat calmly. Romina gets her father to confess to his actions : â€˜I raped youâ€¦ I sexually abused you for several years.â€™ When she asked why he carried out the abuse, he replied: â€˜Because my mind is polluted.â€™
The young woman still takes medication for the trauma she suffered as a result of her fatherâ€™s actions. She has also accused her mother of having done nothing to stop the abuse. â€˜You made my life hell and you ruined it forever,â€™ Romina repeats during the video.
Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the video is not the confession itself, but the calm and cold demeanor of Rominaâ€™s father throughout. At one point he asks, â€˜Does that thing record well?â€™
Cisneros seems aware that although he might now be a social pariah, his actions are not likely to lead to criminal prosecution because the crimes he is accused of happened too long ago, meaning Rominaâ€™s charges against him are time-barred. So far, prosecutor Susana Alonso has been unable to issue a warrant for Cisnerosâ€™s arrest.
Nonetheless, Rominaâ€™s video has drawn attention to the serious problem of domestic abuse in Argentina and to the powerlessness of victims.
Rominaâ€™s confrontation with her father and the confession she was able to obtain from him have encouraged other domestic abuse victims to share their personal experiences of gender violence. It also inspired a demonstration on the streets of OlavarrÃa to condemn sexual violence in the South American nation.