NAIROBI, KENYA – IJM and police worked together on Friday to successfully arrest a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on her walk home from school this September.
The young girl and her mother reported the attack to police, and a family friend referred them to IJM Kenya for the legal help they needed.
As the family sought help, the attacker fled—traveling nearly 250 miles away to western Kenya when he heard a police report had been made. He had powerful connections within his community, making him even more difficult to track.
IJM began working with police to locate the man, but with few leads, an IJM investigator worried they would not be able to find him, saying, “This is one of the cases where we felt really stranded.”
But on Friday, the girl’s mother spotted the alleged attacker back in their community and called IJM right away. The IJM investigator says, “We got the phone call from the victim’s mother at the very moment we were exploring options, which seemed like a hopeless task.”
IJM and police mobilized quickly to apprehend the man, who they tracked to a relative’s home. He was brought before a judge on Monday, November 11, 2013, and was officially charged with the assault. He will remain in prison until the trial begins later this month.
The 6-year-old girl will soon begin trauma-focused therapy with IJM Kenya social workers and will be supported closely by IJM for the rest of the case.