LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Belen's* mother sat quietly on the wooden bench. She stood out against the drab courtroom in her brightly colored shawl and heavy skirt – traditional clothing for an indigenous woman in Bolivia. She had been waiting for this moment for three years, since that day when she received a call urging her to come quickly to her daughter's school.
Three years ago, 13-year-old Belen was assaulted by her physical education teacher. He had instructed Belen to go into a small room used for measuring students' height and weight, then covered her eyes and sexually abused her.