She always kept faith

Conny Shamu
Posted January 19, 2020 from Netherlands

2 years ago I got a call about one of our girls that she got raped by a man at school. My heart was in my throat and couldn't think clear at that moment. But I know I had to act fast so I send one of my helpers to her school. I never thought that school blames a young girl age 13. We start calling to get our girl checked for HIV and pregnancy. Together we cried but we also keep faith in her future, and promised her to start finding the person who did this to her. We knew it would be hard on this girl, but we also know it might help her to heal. We went from the hospital to the police, and to court and were so very proud of our girl, as she never lost faith. She had very good guidance from the government that helped her more for healing. Tests from the hospital came out, and we were relieved to hear she was not pregnant and no sign of HIV but she has to get more tests over the year for that part. Weeks later we got a phone call that they found the raper and brought him to court. Samuel jumped in a tuk-tuk (that's a rickshaw in Kenya) and went to court to see the person and listen to court We found out later that friends of the raper wanted to corrupt the court, and we hear the girl might be endangered because of friends of the raper that were looking for her. So we call the police and they contacted the court to keep him into a bailout. Our girl never loses her faith and was so strong I talked a lot with her and her mom. We found a good girls school in another part of Kenya. Later we had a good talk with the old school and noticed that our girl was not the only one with this terrible experience there. We found some sponsors to help her start at her new school, she needed a new uniform and all. A new schoolbag was donated and the rest followed fast. For one year she is in her new school and she never lost her faith, lots of good counseling and help from us, she became a strong girl again. Very proud of her and ourselves. The court took her case very seriously, even the head of the school had to come and explain why they trow out girls like dirt to protect the teachers and other staff. Hope they learned from the price they had to pay, and 2 men are still in jail.

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Elisha Jansen
Jan 19
Jan 19

Giving thanks for that girl to have people like you who truly care that much, and she deserve all help against all this injustice in fact she is lucky with her own character to keep faith during all she endured.
My sincere compliments to her and you and the helpers, may the court keep going for the truth always in these cases. In many countries the rapers don't get any punishment, and victims suffer often all their live. Girls and boys get raped and women and men, they always feel dirty by it, the really dirty person is the one who rape and did this to them.
Never feel guilty when this happens its not your fault that caused it. Its a sickness of the perpetrator to have power over the victims, its not even to have sexuality in these cases.
Besides the experience its so bad that girls get unwanted pregnant, and are forced in motherhood in such an early age. Thank God she wasn't pregnant and lets pray she have no HIV in next tests.
My Love and regards to all good people involved.

Conny Shamu
Jan 19
Jan 19

Thank you so much, my sister, Elisha.
It is a hard struggle to fight court but we stay strong and positive.
Thank you for your great support.

Wusufor
Jan 19
Jan 19

Thanks for being sent to protect this girl. I don't know how things will have turned out without your Encouragement and support for her and the family.
We are also happy that the perpetrator was caught. So was he imprisoned? And for how many years? It will serve as a deterrent for others. Can you imagine!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Conny Shamu
Jan 19
Jan 19

Hello liz
Yes he is in prison
But court is hard.
In June we hear for how long he stay in prison.
It depends if they found more victims
Sad but true.

Wusufor
Jan 20
Jan 20

Very good he is behind "bars"...

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 19
Jan 19

H Connie,
To have the courts take rape seriously is a huge problem globally. All too often the courts let the victimized woman down terribly. Every successful conviction is a step forward. No child or young person should ever have to go through this. What strength this girl had, and how great that you were able to be with her.

Conny Shamu
Jan 19
Jan 19

Hi Tamarack.
Nice to meet you
We still follow her case and in June we will hear how long he has to stay in jail.
It depends on if they find more victims.
Very sad that more victims are needed to keep him jailed.

Anita Shrestha
Jan 20
Jan 20

Thank you for sharing

Conny Shamu
Jan 21
Jan 21

Nice to meet you, Anita.
You are very welcome.

Regards Conny

lizzymark
Jan 20
Jan 20

Conny that was brave of you and this girl and others are lucky to have. If all these perpetrators were caught and made to serve for their crimes many would have learnt from them. Thank you for what you do for girls out there I hope she is doing fine now and hoping she heals perfectly and be better.

Conny Shamu
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you so much.

I had great help from my partner Samuel matoke we help a lot of children and families.

We don't stop helping this girl. She grows very strong and she is so happy at her new school.

Regards Conny

lizzymark
Jan 21
Jan 21

great

Andra Marasteanu
Jan 23
Jan 23

What an amazing empowering story and what a brave strong and wonderful girl she is! Thank you, Conny, for helping her and for sharing this with us! :)

Conny Shamu
Jan 23
Jan 23

Nice to meet you Andra
Thank you for the nice comment.

Andra Marasteanu
Jan 30
Jan 30

Nice to meet you as well, Conny :)