GUATEMALA CITY – A group of 34 girls gathered around the campfire. There were s'mores and laughter and constant chatter, broken up by outbursts of song. The scene is easily imagined by many around the world, especially boys and girls who quickly call to mind their own summer camp experience.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Justice was finally secured for one brave Kenyan girl this week, thanks to her testimony and the relentless determination of local police and IJM staff.
Despite pressure from her community to stay silent, 14-year-old Vera * courageously shared the truth about the man who sexually assaulted her. Now her abuser has been convicted and will face 20 years in prison for his crimes.
A Shocking Assault against a Vulnerable Girl
NAIROBI, Kenya – Jillian* was only 15 years old when a notorious gang member brutally assaulted her. Over the next year, the young girl was plagued by fear. But with the support of her community and IJM Kenya, Jillian courageously spoke the truth about the abuse in court.
Her bravery has paid off. Last month, a Kenyan court convicted the gang member for raping Jillian and sent him to prison for 20 years.
NAIROBI, KENYA – This month, IJM investigators worked closely with local police to arrest an orphanage director in Kenya for allegedly raping one of the children under his care.
A 14-year-old girl, who had lived at the orphanage for nearly ten years, says the man brought her into his family's home and sexually abused her. But when she reported the abuse to other staff, no one would help. Even when she discovered she was pregnant as a result of the abuse, orphanage staff forced her to hide her pregnancy in silence.