Sexual Violence

Man Sentenced to Over 50 Years in Prison for Violent Rape in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Last week, a man was sentenced to 52 years in prison for a brutal sexual assault. For the survivor, 8-year-old Lucía,* the sentence was another step forward on a long and difficult road of healing.

“We hadn’t seen this level of physical violence before,” said IJM psychologist Miriam Cruz.  “Lucía was the most physically injured of any case we have had. She suffered severe trauma.” Lucia’s perpetrator broke into her family’s house during the night last year. He raped her and beat her so violently she fell unconscious, then left her nearly dead.

Two Convictions in IJM Guatemala Cases: Both Clients Bravely Testify

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Earlier this week, after a hearing had been cancelled and rescheduled five times, the man who abused Samanta* when she was 5 years old was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months in prison for continued sexual aggression. Her brave testimony was the final piece of evidence that solidified the case – and the justice secured was an important step in her family's restoration.

IJM Trains Rwandan Judges and Prosecutors on Best Practices for Child Sexual Assault Cases

KIGALI, RWANDA – This month, IJM Rwanda trained thirty-five Rwandan judges and prosecutors on best practices for handling cases of child sexual assault.

IJM staff led sessions on investigations, evidence collection, forensic interview techniques and the importance of including medical evidence in cases of sexual violence against children. The three-day training was held at the Institute for Legal Practice and Development.