GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his 15-year-old daughter. The sexual abuse started when Danika* was 11 years old. The man threatened Danika that he would hurt her brothers and sisters if she told anyone about the violent assaults.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – This week, a man was convicted in a Guatemalan courtroom for sexually abusing his 10-year-old nephew, Ricardo*.
Last year, Doctors Without Borders referred Ricardo’s case to IJM. The staff collaborated with local authorities to ensure the suspect was arrested, and the proper evidence was secured for the trial.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – This year, IJM Guatemala celebrated a landmark conviction when a man was sentenced to 124 years in prison for sexually abusing two of his daughters. The conviction is the longest sentence in an IJM case since the office opened in 2005 – and it is a significant milestone on the journey of healing for the sisters who endured the abuse.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Last week, a man was sentenced to 52 years in prison for a brutal sexual assault. For the survivor, 8-year-old Lucía,* the sentence was another step forward on a long and difficult road of healing.
“We hadn’t seen this level of physical violence before,” said IJM psychologist Miriam Cruz. “Lucía was the most physically injured of any case we have had. She suffered severe trauma.” Lucia’s perpetrator broke into her family’s house during the night last year. He raped her and beat her so violently she fell unconscious, then left her nearly dead.