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November 16, 2018

Rape victims still shunned and stigmatised – senator

Nominated Garissa senator Falhadho Iman in Dadaab town yesterday /STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Nominated Garissa senator Falhadho Iman in Dadaab town yesterday /STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Women leaders have been urged to push for establishment of gender care centres in all level 4 and 5 hospitals.
Nominated senator Falhadho Iman yesterday said rape and defilement victims, especially in Northeastern, shy away from reporting to police due to insensitive interrogations. She also said it takes a long time to investigate these cases.
 Speaking in Dadaab subcounty, Falhadho said statistics show many victims suffer in silence because they don’t know what to do when they encounter violence.
“Rape is considered shameful and is rarely reported. The stigma associated with it has also made victims  reluctant to report. Our communities have not helped since the victims are shunned,” she said.
Falhadho said she will table a motion in the Senate to require establishment of gender centres.
 “With these centres in place, it will be easy for the victims to be rushed to the hospitals without necessarily going through the police first,” Falhadho said.
“Apart from doctors, there will be counselors to help women and girls deal with trauma.”  
She urged the government to get tough on rapists and defilers. “Rape is irreconcilable and police should pursue cases to their conclusion,” she said.  
“Maslaha circumventing courts should be totally discouraged.”
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