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Reporting and dealing with sexual offences

26 March 2012, 08:08 Kelvin Wanjohi

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The general public needs to be educated thoroughly on how to report and deal with sexual offences once they happen.

Upper Central Regional Commissioner, Anna Ng’etich said many victims of sexual violence fail to report their cases to the relevant authorities due to lack of enough information about the procedure to be followed.

Ng’etich who was giving an opening speech during a Multi-Sectoral Stakeholders’ forum hosted by the Task Force on the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act (TFSOA) today in a Nyeri hotel said many families tend to forget about sexual offences thus giving a leeway to those who commit such crimes.

She asked the TFSOA to come up with a policy on how to integrate the law and culture saying that some cultural practices try tosurpass sexual crimes.

The commissioner urged every member of the community to support the sexual offence Act noting that the law is not only to benefit women but also men.

She added that currently men have become victims of sexual harassment but fail to report their cases due to fear of marginalization saying that they also  require as much care and support as women.

Ng’etich said fully implementation of the law will help a lot on the development and unity families.

Speaking in the same forum, the TFSOA secretary, Jacinta Nyamosi said her group is working on a policy to assist all involved stakeholders in implementing the law.

She said that they are also going to propose some amendments to the law so that it can be in line with the Constitution.

In the meeting it was proposed that all parties that deal with sexual violence victims such the police and doctors should be integrated so as to help the affected at the right time.

It also emerged that people with disabilities face a lot of difficulties when reporting sexual offences since police stations lack special personnel to handle them.

The TFSOA members promised to put in consideration all the views that were given out in the meeting in the process of implementing the law.

The TFSOA was established in 2007 with its overall objective being to oversee, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Sexual Offence Act.

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