A 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by her brother has to live with the weight of not being believed by her loved ones and the guilt of breaking up her family, despite the fact that it was the accused who died at four and a half years old Imprisonment was sentenced to prison.
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“If there is one thing the victim should remember from this decision, it is that they bear no responsibility for the actions the defendant brought them to life and for the consequences caused in their family. . The court wishes the victim not to forget it”. With these words, Judge Hélène Bouillon wanted to address the victim directly after having sentenced the accused to four and a half years.
Because the victim has seen all her relatives leave her since the day she reported her brother for sexual assault. In November 2017, the teenager returned home after a three-month absence.
The victim, who was very close to his 26-year-old brother, was particularly pleased to see him again in November 2017 after a three-month absence and they had spent the evening playing video games until his eldest spoke to him about sex. The man, who cannot be identified in order to protect the identity of the victim, then initiated sexual contact on his privates, enticed his sister to masturbate him and then lowered his panties to penetrate her.
The victim attempted to flee until the accused ceased his actions. Her brother later apologized, arguing she was “the sister he loves a little too much” and made her promise to keep the secret.
accused rather than victim
The teen, who felt “disgusting” after the gestures, was quick to report her brother to authorities. The latter has never admitted the facts, while his family has sided with him rather than supporting the teenager.
The latter stopped attending family Christmas celebrations, was paused at funerals, “lost the love” of her grandfather, and had to appear alone in the courthouse before her mother and her brother. Judge Hélène Bouillon still believed the courageous young woman who found her brother guilty.
The judge was also very strict with regard to the behavior of the now 30-year-old accused before he sentenced him to 4.5 years in prison. Despite the difficulties the victim faced, the judge insisted on reminding her that she had done the right thing.
“Let’s hope that the feelings of shame and guilt that currently exist will be replaced by a feeling that she did the only thing she had to do, and that was to denounce against all odds,” the court concluded.