A 10-year-old girl in Cebu City reported to the police that she has been raped by her grandfather and her two uncles multiple times.
Maria, not her real name, recalled that she has been sexually abused by her grandfather and her uncle way back when she was still seven years old.
Asked how many times she has been raped by her own kin, she said that she already forgot how many times already.
“Nakalimot naman ko kay puli-pulihan raman ko nila (I already forgot because they would just take turns,)” she said while crying.
Currently, her grandfather and her uncles are detained and serving time in Mandaue City Jail, not for rape but for robbery.
John, not his real name, allegedly asked Maria to perform oral on him, which she refused. She escaped from him by running away.
However, he managed to force himself on her last May 8 night. Maria was preparing to sleep when John went inside her home in BarangayKasambagan. She was alarmed when he turned off the lights.
After the lights went out, the suspect violated her.
He threatened to kill his 10-year-old niece if she would confess to her parents and to the authorities what happened.
“Nahadlok man ko niya (I got scared of him,” she said when asked why she did not shout for help when her uncle is violating her.
Upon learning this, her father who works as a garbage collector said he wants the suspects to be hanged for what they did. He also feared for the safety of her children, who are all girls.
“Maayo na silang bitayon (They all deserve to be hanged),” he emotionally said.
Maria’s aunt was horrified upon learning what happened to her niece.
“Mao gani nga nigaan-gaan mi nga nangapriso natong mga yawa, naa man sad diay nipuli (We thought that our burden was lessened when the two devils were imprisoned but John took their place),” she said.
The Mabolo police will file a case against John after Maria’s affidavit is signed. The case will also include her grandfather and her other uncle.
Maria already went to a series of psychological and trauma assessment tests to help her deal with the abuse.
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