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mercoledì 10 agosto 2016

RAPE CULTURE IN KENYA

Rape is the most highly under reported crime in Kenya. It is estimated that only 1 out of 20 women in Kenya will report a rape and only 1 in 6 will seek medical assistance. Relying on reported cases will therefore not provide a genuine picture of what is truly happening on the ground. Is this attitude slowly becoming a culture? Of sexual assault and silence? 


Fatuma’s Voice empathises with Rape victims or survivors this week by bringing together Artists, Rape Survivors, Counsellors and the general youth and audience members that participate in our physical and online discussions. We will share new information about the rape culture, get help and learn from the session. So, why are we talking about rape in Kenya? Here are a few reasons:

“TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, WE MUST TALK TO THEM ABOUT RAPE.”― DESMOND TUTU

JUSTICE FOR LIZ CAMPAIGN

16 year old Liz was raped by three men in October 2013. The violators were only given grass to slash as punishment. This caused an uproar leading to the Twitter campaign hashtag #JusticeForLiz backed by two million people . The pressure paid off two years later when the perpetrators were jailed for 15 years each, but it was sad that the government had to be put to task in order to take action against such a ghastly crime. What people don’t know is Liz’s family had to move from Busia County owing to threats they received from the families of the jailed men.
This mirrors the poverty of our legal system. Government and society seem to yet acknowledge the acuteness of rape culture. The 2007/2008 post-election violence generated mass rape incidences only witnessed in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and Darfur War is Sudan. Continued wanton rape of Internally Displaced Persons is reported.

CAUSES OF RAPE

But what could possibly be the root cause of the rising cases of these defilements? We could argue that lack of adequate training by relevant personnel on how to sensitize the population on rape and measures of seeking treatment and justice could be one. And the high number of repeat offenders. Lack of DNA Forensic evidence in cases of rape could be another, or lack of public education on rape culture and what to do in case it happens. Perhaps also insufficient medical institutions to deal with rape. Societal stigma associated with rape deters a majority of women and children from reporting these incidents.
Rape in most places is settled out of court through Clan Elders. Women and children in rural areas are not only subjected to these “courts” UNWILLINGLY but often are denied treatment for deadly STD’s including HIV. This trend has RUBBISHED efforts by Government to check the spread of HIV in these areas.

HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT RAPE, SURVIVORS, PERPETRATORS AND THE SUPPORT SYSTEM:

Saturday’s Program:
Scriptwriter Venna Odhiambo launches #BlackFriday this Saturday at Fatuma’s Voice. A film that takes us through a journey of women’s rape experiences, looking to have conversations about this sensitive vice. She hopes to get more voices onto this exchange that would help her advance with more film projects that will tell women stories about gender based violence. This would hopefully help in curbing the crime.
Come meet Tezmel Wangariwho shall be sharing her story on sexual assault and what the journey through healing has been like.
Seise Bagboand Faith Shikkiey have a duo poetry performance you do not want to miss!
Date: 13.08.16
Venue: Pawa 254
Time: 5pm-8pm
Charges: 100/-

References and Important Links:

RAPE CULTURE IN KENYA: SURVIVORS, PERPETRATORS & THE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Congo, il Villaggio degli Stupri 6 agosto 2016

Gang rape in Burundi 28 luglio 2016

Child Rape in Ivory Coast 22 luglio 2016

Child Rape In Congo 
     21 giugno 2016

Child Rape in Liberia 19 maggio 2016

Rape in Namibia 21 giugno 2016

Grandmothers ninja against the rapists 14 luglio 2016

Child rape crimes by peacekeepers still unpunished 17 luglio 2016

UNICEF calls for urgent action against sexual violence 22 luglio 2016

Rape Culture In College Sports 8 agosto 2016

Brock Turner Rule: Fighting Porn and Rape Culture 23 giugno 2016

Fighting Rape Culture 16 MAGGIO 2016

Rape Attitude 14 MAGGIO 2016

Rape Culture and the Justice System 15 MAGGIO 2016

Sexual Revolution and Rape Culture  2 GENNAIO 2016

Binge drinking, porn and rape culture 19 DICEMBRE 2014

Institutionalized Rape Culture 13 NOVEMBRE 2015

RAPE CULTURE: sexual assaults on college campuses 13 NOVEMBRE 2015


END RAPE CULTURE 25 SETTEMBRE 2015

Rape Culture in Alaska 2 agosto 2016

Rape Culture in India 16 giugno 2016

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