They were sent to a shelter for safety. Instead, these women say they were sexually abused
Updated 7:53 AM ET, Thu February 13, 2020
This article contains sexually explicit language.
Kampala, Uganda -- When Patricia was picked up by police at the age of 11, she felt relieved.
Sold by an uncle to her teacher, she was raped and abandoned in Kalangala, a district of islands on Lake Victoria, in Uganda.
Patricia thought her luck had changed when police officers from a local station told her there was a man nearby who helped survivors of sexual abuse like her.
"A big, fat, old muzungu [foreigner or white person] came for me. They said he is taking care of girls in your situation," Patricia, who is identified using a pseudonym, told CNN.
"They said Bery is a good person and he will take you. I was a bit afraid, but I said OK since there are other girls there too."
Bernhard "Bery" Glaser, a German national who describes himself as a "retired health professional," founded Bery's Place, a children's home in Kalangala, with his wife in 2006. According to his website, Glaser has provided a home for dozens of girls, some of whom have survived "physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse and violence," or been "trafficked, abandoned -- or rejected -- by their legal guardians."
"For my kids, I'm the mommy, I'm the daddy, I'm everything," Glaser says in a promotional video.