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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May 24th:
Hope Arismandez
died on May 24th, 2008

Hope was an 8yo girl from Trinidad who liked to read and wanted to be a teacher when she grows up. "She is very intelligent and knows what she is about and is very aware as to what is happening around her. She was taught right from wrong and knew how she was to be treated by anyone, whether they were man or woman," said her dad. Hope was raped and murdered by her mom's boyfriend. He tried to rape her but she fought back and he realized he can't let her live because she'll tell on him, so he slashed her throat. Hope's relative said, "I really don't know why an innocent child like this had to go in such a brutal and inhumane manner. What did she ever do to deserve this?"


Posted by Manya on March 5th, 2016
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May 31st:
Azan Majid Janjua
died on May 31st, 2017

11yo Azan spent the first eight years of his life with his mom in Russia, and then moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to live with his dad, as they agreed when he was born. The dad, originally from Pakistan, graduated a medical school in Russia and was living in Abu Dhabi with his father, second wife, and two young children. "We had a nice time since Azan joined us," he said. "He liked his younger siblings." On May 31st the family was celebrating Ramadan. Azan was fasting with his parents, said his morning prayers with him, went to a mosque for the afternoon prayer and Quran recitation, and headed home. A man dressed in burka, like a woman, lured Azan into the elevator in his apartment building, took him to the rooftop, and raped and murdered him. He knew the boy wouldn't go with a man without his parents' permission. Azan's body was found the next morning by AC technicians, half naked, with his copy of Quran next to him.


Posted by Manya on February 11th, 2018
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June 14th:
Remie Palmero
died on June 14th, 2015

11yo Mimi from Philippines had autism and struggled communicating, but she was a cheerful and affectionate girl who was loved by her family and neighbors. On June 14th, 2015, Mimi's neighbor and relative took her to a remote location, raped her, strangled her, and mutilated her body. The neighbors saw him playing with Mimi earlier, and started searching for them. Two days later they found Mimi's body. "When I arrived there, I realized that it really is my child. I found her blue slippers, her yellow shorts, her orange spaghetti dress."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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June 18th:
Nabra Hassanen
died on June 18th, 2017

17yo Nabra, high school sophomore from Virginia, USA, was celebrating the holy month of Ramadan at the local mosque. Between 3AM and 4AM about 15 teenagers, including Nabra, walked over to a McDonald's nearby, and on their way back to the mosque came into a dispute with a construction worker who was driving by. He drove into a curb, followed the kids to a parking lot, chased them with a baseball bat, hit Nabra with it, grabbed her, and drove off with her in his car, as the rest of the kids fled to the mosque. He raped and murdered Nabra, and dumped her body in a pond near his home.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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June 26th:
Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu
died on June 26th, 2006

8yo Sofia from Western Australia had mom, dad, and two older siblings. On June 26th she was at a local mall with her uncle and 14yo brother. Sofia went to the bathroom and never came back. Her brother found her dead body just 10 minutes later. Sofia was sexually assaulted and killed in the bathroom stall by a mall employee who has been investigated for a similar assault on another 8yo girl three years prior.

"As a family we talk about Sofia maybe once or twice a week," her father said. "We talk more as if Sofia is still around somehow more than what happened. She would have turned 18 (last year), she would be driving now, legal now. You also get strength from situations like this and we feel stronger now ... we also feel that Sofia has been helping us." Sofia's school established an annual scholarship in her honor, and The Chapel of the Innocents in their church.


Posted by Manya on October 13th, 2017
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June 28th:
Renea Lau Yuk-ling
died on June 28th, 2014

32yo Renea from Australia worked as pastry chef at Ganache Chocolates; she was passionate about making desserts and very good at it. Renea also sang at the Melbourne Chinese Baptist Church. "Her singing wasn't the best," her boyfriend said, "but she sang anyway because she loved to." The night before her death, Renea, her boyfriend and their friends practiced songs for their upcoming gig at an aged care home. Around 5.30am the next morning, on her way to work, Renea was violently attacked, raped, and strangled to death by a homeless man. He later explained that he "didn't even think about it" but "just exploded into this violent, violent rage"."Renea Lau had never met you, had never seen you," the judge said to the rapist. "You had never spoken to her. You had no relationship with her whatsoever, you merely passed her in the street and, as a result of that, she is now dead at your hands in a most brutal and sadistic manner."


Posted by Manya on June 27th, 2018
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July 1st:
Sarah Payne
died on July 1st, 2000

Sarah was an 8yo UK girl murdered by a convicted sex offender who served two and a half years for abduction and sexual assault on another 8yo girl in 1995. The case influenced the campaign for Sarah's Law, that would allow controlled access to the Sex Offenders Register, so that parents with young children could know if a child sex-offender was living in their area.


Posted by Manya on June 2nd, 2015
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July 4th:
Zina Linnik
died on July 4th, 2007

Zina was a 12yo girl from Washington, USA, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a stranger, registered sex offender. She was watching the Independence Day fireworks behind her home, when her dad heard a scream, ran to the back, and found one of Zina's flip-flops and saw a van driving off.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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July 8th:
Laiba Umar
died on July 8th, 2017

8yo Laiba from Kasur, Pakistan, was kidnapped on her way to Madrasa (religious school), raped, strangled to death, and dumped at a construction site. Her rapist and murderer was caught about a month later; he raped and killed 6 other young girls in the same area in the months prior to Laiba's death.


Posted by Manya on December 7th, 2018
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July 17th:
Kailey Vijil
died on July 17th, 2015

Kailey was a 12yo girl from Utah, USA. A 15yo boy knocked on her door around midnight and asked her for help looking for his lost car. Kailey's body was found hours later in a nearby horse pasture. According to court documents, the girl had been sexually assaulted and had a piece of clothing wrapped around her neck.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016
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