ATTITUDE IS KEY TO FIGHTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Sexual violence in Kenya has been on the rise lately, and with the various organisations that have been put in place to help victims of sexual violence, a lot needs to be done since most people are now asking the victims questions which should not even be asked in the first place, taking the case of a female member of parliament in Kenya who accused a colleague of sexual violence, looking at the social media we could see people asking her why she was meeting a man at such a time. Are women now not allowed to be out at night?
Remember the time street harassment was taking up in Kenya which sparkled the #MydressMyChoice campaign? It was also not uncommon to find individuals pointing fingers at the victim’s way of dressing and others openly saying that the victims deserved to be raped. Well, school children get raped, our grandmothers too! So sexual violence should not be a question of dressing at all. What about those instances where victims of sexual violence report to police officers on duty in police stations and end up experiencing the same ordeal once again and threats are issued for them not to report to anyone what happened?
This kind of attitude will spark fear in the hearts of those who have experienced sexual violence and they will not come out for help. This will also cripple all the concerted efforts of both governmental and Non-governmental Organizations to help victims of sexual violence. This poses a danger to their lives due to the psychological trauma one may experience not forgetting the adverse health risk an individual faces.
I am happy to note that Nyeri County took a step in helping victims of violence by setting up a Gender based violence desk at the Nyeri Central Police Station where victims can report these instances. All other leaders, especially women representatives in various counties should follow closely in these footsteps to help achieve justice for victims of sexual violence countrywide. What step has your county taken to end SGBV?

Justice For Liz And Women

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Growing up, i did not hear much of rape. I only remember two incidences of school going girls having been raped and nothing much was done to those who were blamed for it.

So late last week, i log into twitter and there is a hash tag doing rounds #Justice4liz. I had seen it earlier, quite a few times, pardon my ignorance because i didnt even bother.

On this particular day,almost every of my follower was tweeting on #JusticeForLiz.

So i opened a link and there it was. Liz had been raped and thrown into a latrine and she had sustained injuries, a broken back and now on a wheelchair.  Reading on after her rescue she reported the matter to the law enforcers who administered a punishment of slashing grass in the police station and set free.

I couldnt help but question the sanity of the policemen responsible. Or was it ignorance perhaps? Why do they treat rape cases casually? Many have blamed it on absence of proper police reforms and this has been the greatness hindrance in the fight against rape.

This incident took me back in time when Njoki Ndung’u moved a motion on sexual offence. Its now an Act years later and i couldnt help but wonder.. is the Act effective, really?

There are people who felt that justice was not served for Liz and they signed a petition, millions of people around the world. I signed it too.  This was widely spread through social media and also here in Nairobi, Kenya a demonstration was successfully carried out.

I then realized that i had been sleeping for long, i need to join hands with my fellow women on the fight against rape. So am changing my facebook fanpage name to a more inclusive name, for women and girls against Rape.
Chao!