Report Sexual Violations…
The Project Manager of Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC), Ms Jamilla Ariori, 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 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 organizations that are into human rights issues for urgent attention,” she said.
Ms Ariori said there were 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 the cases of victims and take the necessary action.
The project manager was reacting to questions from pupils at a sensitization forum at New Abirem in the Birim North District on the theme “Prevention and management of gender-based violence in schools.”
Ms Ariori explained that the essence of reporting the incident to the police was to prevent culprits from visiting such unfortunate demeanor on other victims. She said it would also enable the victims to be taken to the hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent them from contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Ms Ariori said boys were also being raped these days and therefore urged children to be careful with the people they associated with. Mr Robert Akoto-Amoafo, the acting Executive Director of the HRAC, who educated the participants on their rights, explained that the Department of Social Welfare could take action against parents who refused to take their children to school.