In the video: Rape of two-year-old: 17-year-old from Beit Shemesh accused of sodomy of toddler (Roni Knafo)
Attorney Keren Barak (Photo: official website, Amir Zuk)
S. and her daughter H. were sexually assaulted by a "close friend of the family" who lived next door. The sex offender admitted in court that he assaulted H., but there is already a statute of limitations for the offenses against S. D. was attacked by his teacher when he was 12 years old. Both waged a financial claim against their attackers to ensure compensation. In order to do so, S. and D., represented by attorney Keren Barak, asked the court to seize the homes of the offenders.
"I did it because I demand justice," S. said. "He demolished my house and he deserves me to take everything he has. A person does not deserve to confess for five years and only at the end of the criminal proceedings, when he realizes that this is the end, admits guilt. I sold all my possessions so as not to live next to him, I stopped myself so as not to harm him, and I preferred to leave where I lived."
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At this moment the conversation stops, S. says in a broken voice: "Maybe if he hadn't pulled the criminal prosecution for so many years, maybe I wouldn't have gone all the way. He hurt my daughter who was dragged for drinking, she was a happy girl, it hurts me. I want my story to get published, because it's an example for a lot of people, that women will stand up and dare."
The conversation with 24-year-old D. was also difficult, he explained that he wanted to rehabilitate after the injury he experienced. "I collect money, I want to take care of myself after all this suffering," he said. "I have no way of describing the suffering I went through all these years. I was sure the fracture would go away but I noticed that the pain only got worse and worse, it just didn't come out of me."
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He said winning the civil lawsuit against his attacker helps make him feel justice has been done. "You could say it, I'm trying to be optimistic, otherwise I don't know where it will lead me," he said. "I've had several suicidal attempts. I will be happy for justice to be done here, I hope that the rest of my life will be able to live in a better way."
Attorney Keren Barak, an expert in representing sexual assault victims, told Walla: "The sums awarded in civil lawsuits in favor of victims of sexual offenses are huge sums. In order to ensure the collection of these funds, I impose foreclosures on the offenders' assets, with an emphasis on their residential apartments. Every sex offender should know that I have no mercy for him and I will not hesitate to throw him into the street. Civil punishment and asset seizure are sometimes harsher than criminal punishments because in Israel, the courts impose light sentences."
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