Guatemala: Repeat Sexual Offender Given Landmark Sentence for Abuse of Children

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Only seven years old, Haana* found that the most dangerous place for her was one where she should have been the safest – her own home. Her father, a violent and abusive man, began subjecting her to regular sexual assaults. Fearful and confused, Haana eventually ran away from her home to escape the abuse to live with relatives. When she was 15 years old, she returned to find that her father had not changed his abusive tendencies – instead he had redirected the psychological threats and sexual abuse to her younger sister, Ariana*.