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Bring Violent Attackers to Justice

Naomi didn’t know what was happening, but she did know one thing: Two men had broken into their home, and they were carrying a panga (machete).
Bring Violent Attackers to Justice

Violent criminals Vdon’t hesitate to prey on girls like Naomi because all too often there is no reliable system in place to bring perpetrators to justice.

In fact, victims are often left vulnerable to retaliatory attacks for even daring to speak up. Even after the attack was over, Naomi and her mother were still in very real danger.

Bring young children out of the terror of sexual abuse.

Naomi is a daughter, a sister and a girl with dreams. If you were lucky enough to know her, you knew someone who was ready to make the most of her gifts and passions.

That all changed during one terrifying night in her mother’s home, when they found themselves in a waking nightmare. Naomi, then only 16 years old, heard a voice in the darkness.

“Wake up very slowly, don’t scream, don’t say anything. Do you see what this is?”

Naomi didn’t know what was happening, but she did know one thing: Two men had broken into their home, and they were carrying a panga (machete).


Although they were there to rob Naomi’s mother, the situation turned even more desperate as the two men raped Naomi. They threatened to kill Naomi and her mother if they went to the police.

Once the men left, Naomi’s mother took her to the hospital. Word in their Kenyan village spread and their community members urged them to seek help. Even with those threats of violence so fresh in their minds, they courageously shared their testimony with the police.

You can help give peace of mind to victims like Naomi.

Will you make a gift today to bring violent criminals to justice?

In the wake of the attack, Naomi withdrew and grew silent. Her grades slipped. She would start a task, then her mind would fade away and she would “wake up” wondering what had happened. She would come to herself after long moments of being lost in her mind.

Even though her once talkative nature had been silenced, Naomi found the courage to use her voice.

While testifying in court, Naomi pulled on all her reserves of strength. “It was hard for me,” she said. “It was very hard. Though I was trying to make myself like, ‘I can do it. This is what they did to me, I can do it.’”

With IJM on her side, Naomi watched the case proceed in court. The family members of the accused would come at night, terrorizing them as they tried to sleep.

You can ensure women like Naomi don’t have to live in fear.

Will you give today and help deliver justice to them?

Because of you, four years after the attack, Naomi finally saw justice when her attackers were sentenced to 15 years in prison.

We could not help survivors of sexual violence like Naomi without you. Your generosity meant that we could take on Naomi’s case and connect her with an aftercare specialist who would help her get back to her bright, talkative self.

Today Naomi is safely living on her own. It was a long, difficult road to justice, but we’re so thankful to have had you with us on this journey. Together we will continue to help others like Naomi.

People like Naomi need you to help them get justice.

Join the fight today.

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