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.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who abused a position of trust and authority in a local church has been convicted and sentenced to nearly twenty years in jail for sexually abusing and violently threatening a young Guatemalan boy.
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."
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, a cycle of violence ended in Manila: After years of violent, hidden abuse, a man has been convicted of child abuse and rape, and sentenced to what will amount to a life term in prison. He started sexually assaulting his granddaughter Jemma* when she was barely a teenager – and had been abusing her mother and grandmother for years.