IJM Rwanda: Justice Secured After Children Who Witnessed Abuse Testify in Court

Justice was secured in a Rwandan courtroom thanks to the brave testimonies of children who witnessed a man assault 12-year-old Cadence.
Justice was secured in a Rwandan courtroom thanks to the brave testimonies of children who witnessed a man assault 12-year-old Cadence.

KIGALI, RWANDA – Late last week, a man was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually assaulting 12-year-old Cadence.* The just ruling was rendered a week after two children gave testimonies in a hearing, recounting the abuse they had witnessed.

IJM worked closely with a Rwandan prosecutor to prepare for the criminal trial. IJM Rwanda Senior Consultant Attorney, James Nuwagaba, explained that they "teamed up" to work efficiently and to swiftly secure justice for Cadence. As the judge delivered the conviction, she said that the children's testimonies played an important role in the ruling.

Cadence has started to receive counseling for the trauma she endured. IJM helped the family purchase a goat as a sustainable source of income and will provide continued support. 

 

*A pseudonym has been used for the protection of this IJM client.

Africa, Conviction, Sexual Violence