Protecting Children from Sexual Violence
Experts identify Guatemala as the “most dangerous place for women in all of Latin America”1 and girls are particularly vulnerable to violence. Sexual predators go unrestrained, with only 6% of reported cases of sexual violence eventually reaching a verdict.2 When predators know that if they assault or rape a child they are unlikely to face any consequence whatsoever, sexual violence becomes a relentless, everyday threat for children.
When we first began working in Guatemala, expert friends in the human rights community cautioned us that the justice system was too broken to ever change—that our mission would be impossible.
But, alongside our government partners, we are proving every day that change is possible for children in Guatemala.