Rosa’s* father began to sexually molest and physically abuse her when she was just 12 years old. She was ashamed, embarrassed and frightened for her mother, whom her father had threatened to kill if anyone ever learned of the abuse. After several years, Rosa finally garnered the courage to tell her mother and formally pressed charges against her father. She then learned that she was pregnant with her father’s child. The authorities took Rosa to the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde for her protection while the investigation and legal persecution processes took place.
The ‘Casa del Buen Trato Hovde’ (the “Hovde Home of Good Treatment” in English) is a refuge and transitional home for children and youth who have suffered sexual and physical abuse. Completed in 2010, the Hovde Home was established in partnership with Paz y Esperanza to serve one of the Peru’s most vulnerable communities. The Hovde Home provides a temporary shelter, rehabilitation programs, and reintegration services. The home can support up to 50 children and adolescent mothers at a time. On average, girls will stay for about two years while receiving schooling, basic needs care, psychological therapy, spiritual guidance. While the children are under protection in the Hovde Home, Paz y Esperanza works with local authorities to fight in court for justice against their abusers. Here, girls like Rosa receive the support they need and love they deserve, allowing them to recover and live happy, healthy lives.
To learn more about the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde, please visit http://casadelbuentrato.org.
*Name changed for protection.