A darker facet of his childhood, less publicly disclosed but equally crucial in understanding this individual, was the sexual abuse he reportedly endured. The precise details of the abuse that Garavito endured are, understandably, scant and thinly documented. What is recognized, however, is that the sexual violence perpetrated against him was reportedly recurrent, beginning from an eerily young age, involved multiple perpetrators and often occurred within his family’s crumbling walls.
Among the alleged abusers were some of Garavito’s own relatives, neighbors, and even supposed friends within the community. The abusers exploited the vulnerability of Garavito’s circumstances, his family’s economic challenges, and their lack of protective measures.