Convicted rapist Jefta Moses is behind bars serving time for sexually assaulting a woman as she walked home from work late one evening in June 2018. In an exclusive interview, that woman speaks with the Pacific News Center with the hope that other survivors will gain the courage to seek out justice.
In 2018, there were 61 rapes reported, according to the Guam Police Department’s Citizen-Centric Report. However, a majority of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported. In fact, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization RAINN reports that only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported and “the vast majority of perpetrators will not got to jail or prison.”
The Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assaults and Violence attributes the low reporting of rapes and sexual assaults to the subject matter being a taboo topic for many in the community and victims who experience shame, embarrassment, and fear.
“I told my story because he doesn’t deserve to be out and be free to walk anywhere after what he did, let alone to another. That’s why I was willing to tell my story to get this guy off the streets,” the rape victim interviewed by PNC said.
The survivor in the NCS Dededo rape case chose to speak out against her attacker despite her fears, admitting that she was a nervous wreck when she faced her attacker at trial.
“It just brought me back to the day he did what he did to me and I was really angry. But at least I voiced out what he did to me so that everyone can hear and feel what I felt by telling my story,” she said.
Moses was convicted on Nov. 26 of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony, four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony, and four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was acquitted of theft as a misdemeanor.
Though the process was long, the survivor says his conviction has brought her relief.
“Because ever since I was always down and worried and always have to look over my shoulder. Because of that, I am more relieved now,” she said.
She says now she can move on with her life and continue to heal. Prosecuting Attorney Christine Tenorio said, “Not only did she exhibit strength that horrific night, she exhibited strength throughout the trial and did not waiver. Though this verdict will not alleviate the lasting effects of the traumatic incident, justice has been given to this survivor.”
Moses is facing 30 years imprisonment.