KIGALI, RWANDA – A Rwandan judge sentenced a local businessman to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. In addition to facing jail time for criminal charges, the perpetrator must pay fines for civil damages that were levied against him at the same time.
The judgment was delivered in late December 2011, marking IJM Rwanda’s fourth conviction of the year in IJM-supported cases against perpetrators of sexual violence. “We rejoice today that justice was served and that [our client] can continue her road to healing,” said IJM Rwanda Field Office Director Lane Mears.
IJM will continue to walk with the child and her family. This month, she will begin counseling sessions to help her heal from the traumatic abuse she endured. With the help of IJM’s aftercare staff, her parents have started a small household goods store in the front of their house to generate sustainable income.