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Alarm over rise of defilement, sexual harassment cases

18 March 2016, 17:00 Joseph Njunge’h

Nairobi - Parents have been urged to be reporting sexual abuse cases meted against their children to the authorities.

The Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) Laikipia County representative, Irene Wachuka said defilement cases have increased in the region stating that the offenders are well known persons.

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She emphasized that refusing to report sexual abuse because of fear of stigma, the parents were supporting the vice as offenders were left unpunished.

She made the remarks following reports that police were not taking action on the sexual offenders.

Parents claimed that they were being harassed by some police officers after reporting sexual abuse incidents.

Further, cases of girls dropping out of school have increased due to early pregnancy and marriages.

Some parents said matatu touts and drivers were harassing their daughters while commuting to and from school.

A community leader said some young girls were procuring abortion fearing stigma associated with sexual abuse cases.

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