Memorial Wall : victims of rape

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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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October 1st:
April Jones
died on October 1st, 2012

5yo April from Wales, UK, was abducted and murdered by a neighbor while she was riding her bike outside her home. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without a possibility of parole, because April's blood and bone fragments were found at his cottage. April's body was never found, even though her disappearance prompted the largest missing person search in UK police history. Two years after the trial, Welsh government purchased the cottage where April was murdered and demolished it. Here's what April's mom said:

I want to know the truth no matter how horrific it is. I'm April's mum and I owe it to her to find out. (...)I admit I've been suicidal. What mum could cope with the thoughts I have inside my head? But when I think of April's last moments the picture in my head is so awful that I can't imagine he could say anything that could possibly be worse. We know April died a horrific death but I suppose I'm just hoping that it wasn't as horrific as I've imagined at my lowest points. (...)I didn't eat or sleep properly for weeks. I was at rock bottom and having suicidal thoughts. What I have doesn't feel like a life. I didn't try anything but the only thing that stopped me was my two other children. They've lost their sister. They can't lose their mum too.

On her birthday we'll lay some flowers on her grave but we won't celebrate. What's the point? There's no April to celebrate with. It would be easy to try to imagine what she would be like now. Would she look like her older sister, would she try to steal her make-up? We don't go there because things are hard enough. In my mind she'll never be nine or ten. She'll always be five.



Posted by Manya on October 2nd, 2016
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October 8th:
Lucia Perez
died on October 8th, 2016

Lucia Perez, 16, was drugged and raped before being killed in the city of Mar del Plata. Two men who left her at a hospital said she overdosed on drugs. But doctors found evidence she had been subjected to extreme sexual violence. Activists urged women to wear black and join street marches.Thousands of protesters marched in Buenos Aires and other Argentine cities on Wednesday afternoon. "If you touch one of us, we all react," read signs carried by many protesters.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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October 9th:
Lizzi Marriott
died on October 9th, 2012

19yo Lizzi from New Hampshire, USA, was "always happy and she always found the best in everyone," according to her friends. "She had such an aura about her. You know, people wanted to talk to her." "Lizzi was vivacious," her mom said. "She loved her friends, she loved the little critters around her. You know, you'd see her and she'd have a tortoise in her hand or a little turtle, and, you know, be putting it back on the brook side of our road." Lizzi had just entered the University of New Hampshire as a sophomore. "It has a wonderful marine biology program," her uncle said. "And it's where she really wanted to go."

On October 9th of 2012 Lizzi was invited over by a coworker from Target. The coworker and her boyfriend were into BDSM and looking for a third partner. At first they claimed that Lizzi's death was an accident that happened during consensual sex, after which they panicked and dumped her body in the ocean. However, when the coworker was offered a plea deal to testify against her boyfriend, she explained that what happened to Lizzi was deliberate and premeditated rape and murder. "I didn't want to lose him," she explained. "He was the only person I had. ...I didn't have anywhere else I could go." The boyfriend was found guilty of first-degree murder by strangulation, guilty of first-degree rape and murder, and guilty on two counts of conspiracy.

Lizzi's body was never found, it's in the ocean, the place she loved so much. "I haven't been to the beach since she died," her mom said. "I can't go. I just see it, and it's so overwhelming."


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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October 16th:
Maria Ladenburger
died on October 16th, 2016

19yo Maria, medical student from Germany, was riding her bike at 2:40AM on October 16th, returning home from a party hosted by her university medical faculty. She was raped, choked, and drowned in a river. The rapist had entered Germany a year prior as a refugee, claiming to be an underage minor from Afghanistan, and was granted asylum and placed with a foster family. However, it turned out that in reality he was a 25yo man from Iran, who had a prior record of rape (in Iran) and robbery and attempted murder (in Greece). This created discussion about possible failures in European systems to exchange information about refugees, migrants, and any criminal records they have.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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October 25th:
Ramis Jonuzi
died on October 25th, 2017

Ramis Jonuzi was in the process of leaving the Brighton East residence when he was attacked by three men. One was accused of sexually assaulting 33-year-old Jonuzi with an object. All three are charged with his murder. "He was definitely experiencing some problems, and he just needed a cheap and stable place to live," a pal of Jonuzi's told a reporter - he was paying $30 a night to stay in the home. While he met the suspects through Airbnb, he "did not hang out with these people," a friend said. Some online reviewers called the house where he stayed unsafe. Friends were unsure why Jonuzi was attacked, but tributes poured out for him on Facebook. "Rest in peace to one of the most genuine, loving guys I ever met," one person wrote.


Posted by Jane on July 8th, 2018
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November 1st:
Cayley Mandadi
died on November 1st, 2017

19yo Cayley from Texas, USA, was a sophomore at the Trinity University, majoring in communications, and enjoyed various hobbies: hiking, horseback riding, piano playing, acting, film-making, cheerleading, Chi Beta Epsilon sorority. For the last two months of her life Cayley was involved in an abusive relationship. Her college friends saw her boyfriend slam her head into a car window, wave a gun while threatening to shoot friends of her ex-boyfriend, and destroy her dorm room. The boyfriend was issued a criminal trespass order that barred him from the campus for a year.

On October 28th Cayley and her boyfriend had attended the Mala Luna music festival in San Antonio. They had an argument because Cayley saw her ex-boyfriend at the festival. Her boyfriend was seen forcibly grab her arm as they were leaving. The next morning he brought Cayley to a local hospital - bruised, unresponsive and partially nude. The investigators determined she was a victim of a violent sexual assault. He explained that they had "rough but consensual make up sex", after which she passed out and eventually stopped breathing. Cayley was pronounced brain-dead and taken off life support three days later; the autopsy concluded she had been beaten and died of a subdermal hematoma after suffering blunt force trauma to the head.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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November 12th:
Mabel Tagala Cama
died on November 12th, 2017

22yo Mabel, a bank teller from Philippines, was raped, murdered, and set on fire in an impounding area just 100 meters from her home. The police arrested a local truck driver and investigated a few more suspects.


Posted by Manya on July 29th, 2018
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November 25th:
Marie-France Comeau
died on November 25th, 2009

37yo Mrs Comeau from Canada was a corporal in the Canadian Forces and a flight attendant with the 437 transport squadron at CFB Trenton. "She was a fun person who loved life and seemed to find the best about everything she did," according to her friends and coworkers. "She was an absolutely beautiful person and friend. She was always so happy and positive... Her smile will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her and were lucky enough to call her a friend."

Mrs Comeau was raped and murdered by a Canadian Forces colonel. As commander, he had access to her personal information including schedule, phone number, etc. He once broke into her house while she was on a trip and took pictures of himself while posing in her underwear. On November 25th he broke into her house again, concealed himself near the furnace area, and waited for Mrs Comeau to go to bed. However, she noticed him because her cat was standing next to him and staring. Mrs Comeau tried to escape, and he brutally raped, tortured, and murdered her.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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December 1st:
Dione Payne
died on December 1st, 2013

16yo Dione from Ohio, USA, was raped and beaten to death by two full-grown men. He used to deal drugs, they were addicts, and wanted his stash. After a lot of beating they found $260 and some cocaine, got high, but believed Dione must have had more, so they beat him more. At 10:30AM on the next morning they dropped Dione off at a hospital, where he passed away.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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December 14th:
Maria Lauterbach
died on December 14th, 2007

The mother of US Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach told police that Maria "claimed she had been raped by a senior Marine at her command, and that the investigation had gone sour.". Maria was eight months pregnant and preparing to testify against him, when he killed her with a crowbar and burnt her remains.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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