Girls urged to report sexual violations

PupilsMs Jamilla Ariori, Project Manager of Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC), has urged girls who are victims of rape and defilement to report such cases to the police for prompt action.

She said victims should not to be discouraged by the refusal of some police personnel to prosecute the rich and the influential in the society who violates them.

“But rather be courageous to report the case to more superior police officers or civil society organisations that are into human rights issues for urgent attention,” she said.

Ms Ariori said there are good and duty conscious people in the Ghana Police Service who would not compromise their work for bribes from the powerful persons in the society but would hear their case and take the necessary action.

The Project Manager was reacting to questions from pupils at a sensitisation forum on “Prevention and management of gender based violence in schools,” at New Abirem in the Birim North District.

Ms Ariori explained that, the essence of reporting the incident to the police is to prevent such culprits from visiting such unfortunate practice on other victims.

She said it would also enable the victims to be sent to the hospital for post exposure prophylaxis to prevent them from contracting sexually transmitted infections including HIV.

Ms Ariori said boys are also being raped these days and therefore urged children to be careful with the people they associate with.

Mr Robert Akoto-Amoafo, Acting Executive Director of the HRAC, who educated the participants on their human rights, explained that, the Department of Social Welfare could take action against parents who refused to take their children to school.

Source: GNA

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