KIGALI, RWANDA – Last week, a Rwandan girl named Paulette* found justice after a “very emotional” two years in court. She had been sexually assaulted at age 14 by a friend’s brother—a young man she trusted—but bravely reported the abuse and got immediate medical care.
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.
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
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – A cycle of violence was broken with a single text message last week in Manila: Rubilyn* got a text from her 16-year-old sister asking for help. She said their stepfather was abusing her—just like he had done to Rubilyn years before.