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Oct 1, 2015

Santa Familia Cousins Charged with Rape of Minor

Judith Alpuche

Just before news time tonight, two cousins from Santa Familia, Cayo have been charged in connection with the rape of a thirteen year old. On Wednesday, we reported that the victim accused her sibling of forcing her into having sex with her own cousin at the house where they all lived in the village.  The minor, a Guatemalan national, says her twenty-one-year-old brother took her to their cousin’s room where the twenty-six year old raped her on two occasions four weeks ago; on September fourth and fifth of this year. It is on the second occasion that the minor’s father caught them in the act. Deputy O.C., Assistant Superintendent Reymundo Reyes of the San Ignacio Police confirms that the minor’s cousin and brother were formally charged with two counts each of unlawful carnal knowledge and abetment to commit unlawful carnal knowledge. Earlier today, News Five spoke with C.E.O. in the Ministry of Human Development, Judith Alpuche, who says that incidents like these are unacceptable.

 

Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development

“We are still gathering information; the ministry is involved from the stand point of child protection so there is a two-track system when these kinds of things happen where the police manages the criminal aspects so they are concerned about who has committed what crime. We are concerned with the protection of the child—is this a situation where the family and those who are charged with the child’s care, are they willing and able to protect the child. Just looking at it from the information that is at hand and like I said that is very preliminary, there is definite concern. Every case like this and I fully understand that people are innocent until they are proven guilty, but at face value, every violation is a serious violation of a child, but this one is so deep in terms of this is family, this is an older brother, where you would think that the instinct would be to protect. A cousin, a near cousin…so clearly all these dynamics were not in place, but to the contrary and at face value, what is surfacing is outrageous and very concerning. And this is what I talk about in terms of we have to cultivate this culture where this is absolutely unacceptable because it is outrageous. So we are definitely at it from the point of view of the protection of this child. Just a couple weeks ago, we were here at this very venue working with the Youth Enhancement Services on public awareness and this is exactly why because that piece of the work is so critical as well. Beyond the laws, beyond the framework, beyond the systems; it is the mentality and this case, to my mind, clearly demonstrates that. This is interfamilial; this is at the core of values and protection. And so that is why that kinds of work; that is why we partner with civil society to raise awareness to help to try to create behavior change in the mentality that believes that our children are there for the pleasure of others or are pieces of meat. That really is unacceptable.”

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4 Responses for “Santa Familia Cousins Charged with Rape of Minor”

  1. so it go says:

    Sons of bitches! Thats a typical thing for those disgusting Guatemalans! They are repulsive and are like animals, they don’t respect blood lines and worse yet they don’t respect females. They are machistas that have no conscience, no principles and values. I hope that they do both of them the same in prison!!! I hope they rape them every night in their sleep!!! Disgusting animals!!!!!

  2. Al says:

    Hearing that the parents were not willing to press charges. They should be jailed as well for abettment to cover up a criminal act. When will we start making examples of these sick individuals who rapes, tortures, threatens and murder? Only to see them walking freely after bail to terrorize the victims at will. The whole system is set up to make street justice seem the only justice around.

  3. Abigail Newton says:

    Excuse you! I, the Guatemalan is offended by your statement. Your statement is false and you have no substance to your theory. First of all, this incident occurred the way it occurred because the state has failed to place proper protections for the child. Secondly, the state along with local leaders, I’m calling out the church here because they seem to want in on everything, have failed to create a space that teaches parents the importance of educating children properly. Ask yourself these questions, did the brother and cousin have education? Did the two men have some trouble going on in their lives. Now, we need to get help for the three relatives. Health care for the 13 year old and psychological therapy for the men. I do accept that they need to do their time for their crime. A restraining order and community service would do justice.
    Al – The parents never wish anything bad for their children. They will find a way to fix the problem, however they need social institutions to help guide them because chances are they dont have an education either.

  4. Félix says:

    This is sad men Guatemalans: they they stain the name of Santa familia a place sure thing problem , but this has never been heard or happen far as I know in my village. Know what I feel I feel this pain for that young girl . If I can only do something I would do something they never forget and would have never want to do such things . This is way too much. There’s is a saying animals are animals we expected it from them . But humans who have senses and can reason . I conclude that they are the animals . More than animals don’t know what to call them people that do these things . I just would like to beat the hell out of them . But I can’t gods justice will be made . Hope the girl is overcoming this . It’s hard but I wish the best for her

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