KIGALI, RWANDA – Last week, a Rwandan girl named Paulette* found justice after a “very emotional” two years in court. She had been sexually assaulted at age 14 by a friend’s brother—a young man she trusted—but bravely reported the abuse and got immediate medical care.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Two years ago, 11-year-old Beatrice* went shopping with her neighbors. She knew them well—the family had children close to her age, and the father was actually her godfather. But on the way home from running errands, Beatrice was betrayed: The man she and her family had trusted for so long sexually abused her.
Beatrice was hurt and confused—and too afraid to tell anyone what had happened.
The Awful Betrayal and Public Abuse
KIGALI, RWANDA – IJM recently helped to secure the conviction of a Rwandan man for sexually assaulting 14-year-old Josette* in their neighborhood. The judge delivered a strong sentence of 20 years to make sure this man cannot hurt other girls again.
In May 2013, Josette's father heard her shouting from a neighbor's house and ran to see what was wrong. His discovery was shocking: a man he knew had grabbed Josette and was raping her. The attacker fled, and Josette's father took her to a local hospital for urgent medical care.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Last week, a man who was caught in the act of raping a 13-year-old girl was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for his crime. It took two long years to bring him to justice, but now Ines* knows he cannot hurt her again, and what happened to her was wrong.
A Neighbor's Attack