It was in their own home that Magda* and Christina* were in the greatest danger. The sisters’ stepfather, a police officer, started sexually abusing the girls when Magda was 13 years old and Christina was 11. They were terrified into silence—afraid, even, to tell each other about his assaults.
But finally, she could not endure the nightmare any longer—Christina sought help from a relative, desperate to escape the abuse hidden in her home. Finally, the silence was broken. The sisters bravely reported the crime.
It takes courage to report a case of sexual violence—especially for poor girls in Guatemala like Magda and Christina.
In the eyes of the world, the sisters had nothing. Their abuser, an officer of the law, had so much more power. They didn’t know if protection and justice were even possible.
But the local government contacted IJM—and suddenly, the sisters had a powerful defender.