"Mary" was nine years old when her childhood abruptly ended. Three men fed her sedatives then raped her. Her mother got home to find her child lying on the ground distraught, her legs and dress stained with blood.
The family reported the attack to the police and identified the rapists, but no charges were ever brought. Police statistics showed that recorded cases of sexual violence almost doubled last year, reaching 8,505 in a population of 7.5 million. A third of it involved the rape of a minor.
But this shocking tally is certainly an understatement. "Mary" and her family plucked up the courage to report the crime while many do not.
During a 10-year civil war (1991-2001), thousands of women and girls were subjected to sexual violence, a 2003 Human Rights Watch report found.（AFP）
distraught：形容詞，極不安的。例句：The distraught parents resorted to fortune-telling to look for their missing child.（這對極度不安的父母求助於算命，希望找回失蹤的孩子。）
minor：名詞，未成年人。例句：It is regulated that convenience stores cannot sell tobacco to minors.（便利商店按規定不能賣菸給未成年人。）
tally：名詞，紀錄；帳目。例句：Her job is to keep a tally of the number of customers going in and out.（她的工作是記錄來客數。）