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Over 300 Girls or Women Raped in Kenya Every Week

Over 300 Girls or Women Raped in Kenya Every Week

Every 30 minutes a woman or girl is raped in Kenya.

That’s nearly 50 woman or girls every day, over 300 every week, over 1,200 every month and over 15,000 each year.

While laws exist in Kenya to prevent such atrocities from occurring, unfortunately they are not effectively enforced and more often than not, rapists are not held accountable for their crimes.

Enter the Equality Effect, a charitable organization in Africa that develops creative legal solutions to address the inequality of women and girls in Africa. The organization has launched the 160 Girls Project which aims to seek justice for 160 girls aged 3 to 17-years-old who have been raped.

The stories of these girls are tragic. Often they have been raped by the very people that should protect them like family members, teachers and police. To make matters worse, many men in the country believe that sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS.

Luckily these girls are given temporary shelter for 6 weeks in a rescue center in rural Kenya where they receive treatment. However, after 6 weeks the girls are again vulnerable to being raped again.

To protect the girls from future sexual assaults, the 160 Girls Project is working to secure a court order that would require the enforcement of existing laws that are meant to protect girls from sexual violence. In October the group submitted its claim to the high court against the country’s constitution’s equality provision.

Check out this amazing video about the 160 Girls Project to learn more:


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3:50AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Kathy P, we can do a lot.

We can make sure there are rape laws in every country, that these laws are more than empty words and are actually put into place and enforced, that more cities have up to date DNA testings and that there aren't backlogs for rape kits, that the accused rapists are held accountable, etc.

7:46AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

rape and sexual assault are worldwide problems. It is a sad reality. What can we do?

9:04AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:48PM PST on Dec 29, 2012


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1:52PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Rape is a crime of violence

8:49PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Horrific and Not Acceptable.

7:51PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

You have said it all in your combined comments. The only way is through programs such as 160 Girls Program. The more the politicians and the rapists are unmasked to the global public scrutiny the more they are shamed. The concept that women are only good for cooking, sex and making children has to change. Education and micro financing are two very useful tools as statistics indicate that the more educated and independent women become; the unwanted overpopulation drops.

7:41AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Most third world countries are sick and corrupted and ruled by criminals. And Kenya is one of them, a beautiful country with a Mau Mau mentality. As much as I would like to visit that country, it will never be a holiday destination for me.

8:21PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

any number is unacceptable...

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