Sexual Violence

Kenyan Judge Hails "Courageous" Sarah - Gives Maximum Sentence to Abusive Stepfather

NAIROBI, KENYA – Sarah* suffered under her stepfather's terrifying abuse for years—but today she can finally put the awful past behind her. With IJM's help, Sarah and her family are now safe, and the man who sexually and physically abused her has been convicted in a Kenyan court. Today, he begins 20 years in prison.

Unsafe in Her Own Home

IJM Bolivia: Teacher Convicted for Assaulting 13-Year-Old Student

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Belen's* mother sat quietly on the wooden bench. She stood out against the drab courtroom in her brightly colored shawl and heavy skirt – traditional clothing for an indigenous woman in Bolivia. She had been waiting for this moment for three years, since that day when she received a call urging her to come quickly to her daughter's school.

Three years ago, 13-year-old Belen was assaulted by her physical education teacher. He had instructed Belen to go into a small room used for measuring students' height and weight, then covered her eyes and sexually abused her.