Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The Complex Problem of Prosecuting Rapists in Haiti

Through the stories of two women who fought for justice for the daughters and later regretted it, this article explains the difficulty of prosecuting rapists in Haiti. Although both cases were successful (and rape cases in Haiti usually aren’t), their situations led these women to regret seeking justice. Even so, each rape case that’s successfully prosecuted makes the system work better for women to seek justice in the future. The Rapist and the Girl Next Door, the Paradox of Prosecuting Rape Cases in Haiti Lisa Armstrong, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange May 7, 2014 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — When the judge announced that Etienne Rene had been found guilty, Rene turned to Loutchama, the girl he had raped a year earlier, when she was just 12, and cursed her. He had previously been ordered by the judge not to look directly […]

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