Sexual Violence

Justice Secured This Week in Guatemala, Two Men No Longer Free to Abuse Children

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Earlier this week, on an otherwise quiet, rainy street, a man was arrested for allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old Guatemalan girl. IJM received the case earlier this summer and has have been supporting Graciela* since, who gave birth to a little girl as a result of the abuse.

Victory in Kenyan Court: IJM Celebrates Justice for Magdalena

NAIROBI, KENYA – Yesterday, justice was delivered in a crowded court in Nairobi. A man who betrayed a position of trust to sexually abuse a 14-year-old girl was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison – a strong message that sexual violence against children will not be tolerated and little girls like Magdalena* should not have to live in fear.

IJM Guatemala Wins 2-Year Battle in Court and Matilda Heals in Safety

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – IJM Guatemala social worker Miriam Cruz was eager to call Matilda's* mother and share the news: The 2-year court battle had ended with a just ruling. The man who had repeatedly raped Matilda had been sentenced to twelve years in prison without parole.

The relief was obvious in the woman's voice as she replied to Miriam, who has supported the family in the difficult months since the abuse was discovered: "If it weren't for you, we could have never made it this far."