How is it possible that the Monster of Mariquita, who raped his daughter for thirty years, impregnating her 14 times and was sexually abusing the girls she gave birth to, was able to do this for so long, Tolima authorities ask.
“How is it possible nobody reported this?” Director Carlos Eduardo Buenaventura Gómez of Tolima’s Family Welfare institute openly asks.
The official, who says he knew nothing of the situation until news broke Friday about the 59-year old farmer who had been sexually abusing his siblings for thirty years. Buenaventure Gómez does not understand why nobody said anything over this long period of time.
Buenaventura Gómez says he was warned by the national Family Welfare office last Thursday after daughter Alba finally reported the abuse by her father.
After the story became known, a team of psychologists and social workers was sent to the small Tolima town to attend the victims of the abuse. The welfare workers are now trying to help the daughter and her eight children, all born from the “Monster”.
“We are working with the family now and are looking for ways to keep them together, is that’s possible. Experts are currently assassing and analyzing the situation and we welcome their recommendations,” teh regional Welfare director told newspaper El Tiempo.
According to Buenaventura, he is instructed by the national office for Family Welfare to give the victims all support and collaboration possible and that they will be offered the best programs available to overcome their destructive past of abuse.
The Welfare director denounces how nobody in the community sent warning signals to the authorities that something was wrong in teh farmer’s household.
The horror story stayed within the family until Alba turned to the local priest and told him what happened. The priest then warned the authorities.