Sexual Violence

IJM Kenya: Man Arrested for Assaulting 6-Year-Old Girl

NAIROBI, KENYA – IJM and police worked together on Friday to successfully arrest a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on her walk home from school this September.

The young girl and her mother reported the attack to police, and a family friend referred them to IJM Kenya for the legal help they needed.

As the family sought help, the attacker fled—traveling nearly 250 miles away to western Kenya when he heard a police report had been made. He had powerful connections within his community, making him even more difficult to track.

IJM Bolivia: Justice for 11-Year-Old Girl Betrayed, Assaulted by Her Godfather

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Two years ago, 11-year-old Beatrice* went shopping with her neighbors. She knew them well—the family had children close to her age, and the father was actually her godfather. But on the way home from running errands, Beatrice was betrayed: The man she and her family had trusted for so long sexually abused her.

Beatrice was hurt and confused—and too afraid to tell anyone what had happened.

The Awful Betrayal and Public Abuse

IJM Rwanda and Police Secure Justice for Josette Only Months After Abuse

KIGALI, RWANDA – IJM recently helped to secure the conviction of a Rwandan man for sexually assaulting 14-year-old Josette* in their neighborhood. The judge delivered a strong sentence of 20 years to make sure this man cannot hurt other girls again.

In May 2013, Josette's father heard her shouting from a neighbor's house and ran to see what was wrong. His discovery was shocking: a man he knew had grabbed Josette and was raping her. The attacker fled, and Josette's father took her to a local hospital for urgent medical care.