Photo: Incest Charge in Costa Rica
In the small town of Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica, a young girl’s life has been changed forever after being a victim of incest. At just 12 years of age, “Gisell” was raped by her father, Javier Luna Lopez. After the rape, she soon found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby boy, her son, yet also her brother.
The attack occurred after her father arrived home drunk and found his daughter asleep in her bed. Unable to defend herself, “Gisell” was violated by her father, changing her life forever. Lopez was later arrested and faced trial. Although “Gisell” was too distraught to testify during her father’s trial, the evidence was enough to convict him.
Today “Gisell” is learning to juggle her studies, normal childhood activities, as well as her responsibilities as a mother. Her baby remains a part of the family; however the entire family is still struggling.
According to Maribel Peña, a specialist at the Patronato Nacional de Infancia, a child services center, long term therapy for the entire family will be imperative. “Gisell” as well as her mother and siblings will need continued emotional support and therapy in order to overcome the abuse of her father.
Although this young girl has faced an atrocious act of abuse she still continues to look towards the future. “Gisell” hopes to continue her studies and eventually become a teacher.