Yvonne

allie shep
Posted December 2, 2019 from United Kingdom

As a lawyer specialising in women's rights I should be all over this, but I'll restrict myself to one, particularly horrendous example which actually happened in Europe (I've changed the girl's name):

15 year old East African Yvonne lived in a village in South Western France. No, it wasn't isolated, and she wasn't particularly poor or lacking in education. In fact, she was walking to school. She and 2 friends walked from one village to the beginning of the next (less than 2 kilometres) every weekday. One day in 2017 both of her friends were unwell, so she set out alone. It wasn't a deserted highway, it was simply quiet and empty on occasions. Which they liked - it meant that they could take advantage of a stream which was in a dip between a hedge and the pavement. "Take advantage" that is to go to the toilet.

On that morning, she needed to. She saw no-one, there were no cars on the horizon, so all was well.

But it wasn't. That morning there was an 18 year old boy in the field. The noise of the stream meant that Yvonne could not hear him.

But he'd heard her. As she squatted, he pounced.

Three hours later, a farmer and his wife found her, barely alive.

Her parents had links in England, which is where I came in. Two years later, Yvonne can walk and is talking about the experience, but is afraid to go anywhere alone. I could say more but will restrict myself.

The boy, by the way, was caught and is in prison - but he only got a 5 year sentence for, effectively, destroying another human being.  

 

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Anita Shrestha
Dec 02, 2019
Dec 02, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2019
Dec 02, 2019

Allie!!!

Welcome back, dear! I was wondering where you went:-) Oh, wow! Poor Yvonne:-( I'm glad she's recovering from all that, but I wonder how long it will take her to regain her confidence again. Hmm, on the man, really. Ga. Yeah, not cool. Not cool at all. Sigh.

Hope we see more posts from you, dear, and learn what you've been up to.

Wusufor
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

OMG! Yes I think the years is so small. Can you imagine!
Thanks for sharing and take care of yourself.
Regards

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Hi Allie,
This is quite a sad story. Thanks for sharing Yvonne's story. I know it came never be easy for the victim to get over such a nasty experience. We are glad the culprit was arrested but his punishment cannot amount to what she has suffered and continues to suffer. #Istandwithher and pray that she overcomes that nasty experience.
Stay blessed

allie shep
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Thank you Anita

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Hello, dear Allie,

Welcome back! Thank you for speaking out about "Yvonne". 5 years is too short while Yvonne is traumatized for life. We stand with Yvonne, dear, and we stand with you!

allie shep
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Thank you Karen - I wish I could be here more often, but it's ironic that I have to spend so much time working on my "gender" or "women's issue" cases that I don't have time to write about them here! I always stand with you and WorldPulse.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

You are welcome, dear. I understand. You are always welcome here. Please keep up the great work!