Chile Artist Collective- Performance Art, Music
Las Tesis, formed by Daffne Valdés, Sibila Sotomayor, Paula Cometa, and Lea Cáceres, created an international hit song and viral dance, called “Un Violador en Tu Camino.”
The song calls out the evils of the patriarchy, like rape, slut shaming, victim blaming and Las Tesis wrote the activist anthem to fight against the lack of justice for survivors in their country.
The lyrics, “Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía, el violador eras tú, el violador eres tú. son los pacos, los jueces, el estado, el presidente, el estado opresor es un macho violador,” focus the responsibility onto the perpetrators, rather than the victims.
(And it wasn’t my fault, nor where I was, nor how I was dressed, the rapist was you, the rapist is you. It’s the cops, the judges, the state, the president, the oppressive state is a macho rapist.)
According to the Chilean Network Against Violence Against Women, only 8% of resolved sexual assault cases result in some sort of conviction against the perpetrator.
Las Tesis first performed their song in Nov. 2019 outside the country’s Supreme Court in Santiago to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since then, it has been re-created 367 times in 52 countries, and on every continent except for Antarctica.
“A Rapist in Your Way” gained significant popularity in the U.S in January, when a large group of women performed it outside Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York City.