Sexual Violence

Guatemalan School Principal Sentenced to Nearly 90 Years

GUATEMALA CITY – An elementary school principal has been sentenced to nearly 90 years in prison for sexually assaulting seven fifth-grade boys under his care. The verdict was announced on December 29, 2014, and it brought IJM’s 200th trial to a close in Guatemala.

Principal abuses his authority to assault fifth-graders 

The abuse took place over several months in 2013—sometimes on campus, other times on field trips. The principal threatened the boys to keep them quiet about the heinous assaults.

British Charity Director Found Guilty for Abusing Street Children in Kenya

A British court found Simon Harris guilty of abusing young Kenyan boys, as well as possessing indecent images of children, when he was working as the director of a children’s charity in their community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK police and human rights agencies, including IJM Kenya. Harris will be sentenced on January 30, 2015.

Retired Cambodian Colonel Found Guilty for Abusing Children Living in Poverty

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – In one of our biggest cases of the year, a retired colonel from Cambodia’s army was convicted for raping three girls between 9 and 14 years old. The conviction brought closure to the children and their families more than four years after the horrific abuse, but it also reveals a brand new future for a community that once lived in utter terror of this powerful man.

A Retired Military Colonel Abuses His Power

In Bolivia, Justice for 3-Year-Old Mona Seemed Impossible...Until It Happened

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – A three-and-a-half- year trial ended this month in Bolivia with justice for a little girl named Mona.* The trial lasted more than half the length of Mona’s lifetime, and the verdict closes a very painful chapter for her family.

When Mona was just 3 years old, she was raped by her older half-brother.

Seeking Justice Despite The Odds