Dec. 12, GNA – Chief Superintendent Mercy Wilson Brown, Volta Regional
Coordinator, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana
Police Service has said a girl’s dressing is not an invitation for a boy or a
man to sexually abuse her.
She said, “even if
she walks naked, the highest you can go is to report her to the Police for
indecent exposure but there is no justification to abuse her.”
Madam Brown was
speaking at a sensitisation programme on ending sexual and gender-based
violence and harmful cultural practices in communal and domestic environments
at Mafi Kumasi Senior High School, Central Tongu.
She warned men to
stay off young girls saying, persons found guilty for defilement sexual
intercourse with a person below age 16 without his/her consent) would face
harsher jail terms compared to that of rape
“Remember that sex
with girls below the age of 16 is a no-go area. The consent of such girls is
irrelevant to absolve perpetrators from culpability under defilement charges.
In case you are not sure of the age of a girl, the best practice is for you to
assume she is underage and therefore, zero tolerance to sexual intercourse with
Madam Brown asked
adolescent and girls to take care of themselves and not engage in sexual acts
reserved for adults, which had consequences that might prevent them from
attaining their full potentials in life.
The one day
programme with funding support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) saw
presentations on protection and welfare of the child, defilement, rape, child
marriage, assault among others.
Mr Daniel Anani
Nanewodo, Assistant Headmaster, Welfare, Mafi Kumasi SHS said the sensitisation
programme was timely and an “eye opener” as it addressed a lot of
adolescent-related issues, which were identifiable with students and asked that
it be extended to other schools.
Osman, a student was grateful for the programme and described it as an
educative and empowering encounter, which among other things assured them of
their protection in Ghana’s Constitution.