This week’s dailys carried articles about a 5 year old girl who was strangled and sexually abused. A 5 year old. I couldn’t bring myself to read more about it.
Today, I received a mail from a prominent activist. It was about the rape and abuse of an autistic young man. These monsters are everywhere and sexual abuse and intimidation of those who have little power to fight back happens every day. Here’s Kesara’s story; another chilling reminder.
Here’s the contents of the mail –
It was my brother Kesara who was victimized by sexual predators at his work place. He was repeatedly raped, beaten and threatened over a period of time and he is now continuing to be victimized.
This is a request to come and stand up for Kesara and for justice on 17th September at 9:00am at The Gangodawila Magistrates Court, Nugegoda.
Most of you have probably heard the story of a boy with Autism we called “Ajith” who was raped and abused, physically and mentally when working at leading pastry shop in Colombo.
This is the story of my brother Kesara who worked at Green Cabin.
We were unable to give out these specific details until now but with the next court case coming up this week I felt I needed to speak up and ensure that everyone knows who this crime was committed against and where it took place.
All my friends and acquaintances know who Kesara is. His is a story of inspiration and heroism. Born on the Autism Spectrum he went on to becoming the poster child for Autism as he achieved heights no other Autistic person in Sri Lanka had achieved.
He has now been brought low by evil sexual deviants who victimized him at the place we thought was a safe environment for him.
He had been working at Green Cabin for three years when on June 12th 2015 he finally broke his silence and told us about how he had been repeatedly raped and abused by 4 fellow employees while at work.
Kesara doesn’t understand the concept of time and when asked for how long it had been happening all he said was ‘for a long time’. He was clear about the fact that it happened on Saturdays and he gave us very detailed descriptions of what they had done to him.
These four men were arrested and produced at the Gangodawila Magistrates court and after 3 weeks they were all given bail. They are now walking our streets free, they are living their lives while Kesara is trying very hard to gather together the shambles of his life and is finding it impossible to do so.
He, the victim, is continuing to be victimized as these monsters are roaming about and he is unable to even travel by himself out of fear. Travelling alone was something he took a lot of pride in as developing that level of independence in a child with special needs was no easy task.
He is now without a job and unable to understand why it was his life that changed and his life that has been compromised after having gone through so much while the people who did it to him are relatively unaffected.
He doesn’t understand why he, who did nothing wrong is not being helped by the system and society he worked so hard to fit into.
Becoming a productive, independent citizen while having special needs is not something many can boast about but Kesara did it. And this is what happened to him.
Please come and stand up with him and fight for justice on Thursday, 17th September 2015 at 9:00am at the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court in Nugegoda.
This is probably the same Kesara – Cooking up a dream from his childhood