The case is one of 25 published in a new book in Peru, "Don't Die for Me", a collection of love letters, emails and text messages from abusive partners to their battered women, accompanied by the story of what happened next. Peru is among the most violent countries in the world for women. A 2005 study by the World Health Organization found that in the country's interior, 61 percent of women had suffered physical violence by a male partner, the highest rate of the 10 countries studied (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Namibia, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand, and Tanzania were also included). It found 49 percent of women in Peru's interior had suffered "severe physical violence" -- being punched, kicked, dragged, or threatened or attacked with a weapon.
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a list no state wanted to top. And when South Carolina was ranked as having the highest rate of women being killed by men, The Post and Courier of Charleston set out to explore why.