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Crisis support for sexual violence in Sierra Leone

It was in connection with a speech at the UN on Thursday that the president declared a national emergency conditions in the whole country in order to highlight and try to get to grips with the problems of the country.

decades been hard hit by a large number of rapes and various types of sexual abuse, reports The New York Times.

According to president Julius Maada Bio to 70 per cent of the våldtäktsoffren be under the age of 15.

– Every month, reported hundreds of cases of rape in this country. In many families, it has a tystnadskultur about the sexual abuse, making the victims even more traumatized, said the president during his speech.

the Protest from his side will, after a case with a five-year-old girl caused outrage in the west african country. A 28-year-old man to be raping femåringen. The man is the girl's uncle. The girl should have been so severely damaged that she now is paralyzed from the waist down. The incident occurred last year.

President Bio has also provided all hospitals in directive to nurture the people that come in with injuries from sexual abuse free.

the number of rapes have increased by 10 per cent every year since 2015. But the problems have been in the country since the civil war that ended in 2002. In the trials after the war testified to the women on different rebellgruppers brutality, among other things, girls and women have been forced into sex slavery.

According to a UN report, the expectation of impunity in the war-torn Sierra Leone in the early ' 00s, have led to increased sexual abuse against women.

After the war, in the course of a decade have become better on that front, according to The New York Times. But in 2014 hit the country hard-hit by an Ebola epidemic, and the positive developments concerning human rights and the right of women turned once again down. Many children were orphaned during the epidemic, which made them extra vulnerable and exposed to sexual abuse.

Even if the case is reported to the police, very few of them ever lead to a conviction. Many families are too poor to pay for a trial.

working to help rape victims in Sierra Leone. In a statement on Twitter welcomed the president's initiative. Representatives of the organization gave themselves a speech in connection with the president's proclaiming of the emergency condition.

”Our staff will meet 10 to 15 new cases every day and the number is increasing. These are often girls who are younger than 17 years of age and who have been victims of a neighbor, family member or a teacher,” announced the organization.
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