(When bullying destroys a life)
One year and 5 months have passed since Nieves, victim for months of brutal bullying and cyberbullying, decided that she did not want to continue. That afternoon on 28 December 2021, everything stopped in Navas de San Juan, a small town in the Comarca de El Condado in the province of Jaén, in Andalusia (Spain). From that day until today, more than 500 days have passed and the family is still waiting for the Justice to give them the answer they are longing for: WHO DID IT?
Nieves and her family had done the right thing, what citizens are asked to do when they have a problem: to knock on the door of Justice and the Security Forces and Bodies to ask for help. Nieves did so on four occasions, writing down in four reports the nightmare she had been suffering for months and also the identity of the person she suspected. And the worst thing is that many people around her knew what was happening, but decided to leave her totally alone, isolated, humiliated and with an unjust feeling of guilt.
It is true, there were even those who questioned the veracity of her account. But there were also those who, although they could have provided information or their own testimony, which might have helped to put an end to Nieves’ nightmare, preferred to remain silent. The reasons are known only to those who are slaves to that same silence, as complicit as it is cowardly. And Nieves could bear it no longer.
Since then, despite the immense pain, her entire family has continued to fight tirelessly so that, hopefully, sooner rather than later, everything will be cleared up and whoever is behind all this senseless pain that destroyed the life of a girl of only 20 years of age will be held criminally accountable. However, to this day, they have been unable to do anything but wait patiently, wait until the despair that only perfect storms create.
The demands of those working for the Administration of Justice in the various Courts and Tribunals throughout the country who are affected by chronic congestion and work overload are understandable. No one disputes that the right to strike is a fundamental right recognised by the Spanish Constitution. But, equally, the family also has the right to have the justice system assist them and give them an answer as quickly as possible after the painful loss of Nieves. Despite the pain, they still believe in Justice and they need Justice to be able to answer that other question that torments them so much: WHY?
Meanwhile, those who believe themselves unpunished, or without any responsibility for what happened, continue with their lives totally oblivious to the pain of an entire family. A family that can barely stay afloat but only cling to the hope that, very soon, the time will come when they can freely say: «THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED».
When that time comes, whoever was behind the whole nightmare that Nieves suffered will answer without a shadow of a doubt. And those who could have prevented such a painful outcome and deliberately chose not to do so, leaving Nevis to her fate and subjected to the criminal mockery created at the hands of those who decided to destroy her entire life, will also be held accountable. Let there be no doubt, when the time comes, all those who acted and all those who decided to do nothing and remain vilely silent will be held accountable.
Until that day arrives, the family of Nieves will continue with admirable fortitude to vindicate the name of their daughter so that no one forgets it. They will draw the necessary strength from their yearning for Justice, never for revenge, and hoping that their pain will never be experienced again by any other family. They will do so out of deep love for that smile, now eternal, which illuminates them like the most beautiful star in the firmament.
And under the light of that star they ask themselves… FOR WHEN?
JUSTICE FOR NIEVES!