ROBBING THE CRADDLE
Kenya has a population of approximately 37million. Sexual violence is often consciously a weapon of war which include mutilation,exploitation, abuse and rape.
Rape is the greatest ordeal anyone can imagine. Every 26 minutes, a woman, a child , person is raped. But the rapist get their way out of the act shuttering and desolating the victims life.
Last year, the Nairobi women hospital received 2,562 sexual assault and domestic violence related cases, the youngest victim being five months old.
In the year 2006, the government enacted sexual offenses act which criminalized rape, defilement,sex tourism and sexual harassment. The new law maintains the existing maximum penalty of life imprisonment for rapists and minimum of 10 years in prison.
Child rape and molestation continues to be a serious problem. Teachers are rated highest number of perpetrators in the professional category with pastors and police officers following closely.
Annually, between 8,000- 13,000 girls drop out of school for unwanted pregnancy.
I feel more serious laws should be placed for the perpetrators as well as more watch dogs stepping in and looking at the matter to ease the madness.Your thoughts?