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Sexual Abuse Prompts Senegalese Legal Reforms

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Growing numbers of girls in Senegal are being raped, with abuse often happening while they are at school. "I wanted to be a lawyer, that was my dream," says a young Senegalese girl, smiling.


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Dee C (23)
Wednesday December 9, 2009, 11:55 pm
But her facial expression suddenly changes: "I couldn't carry on studying because of what they did to me."

Another young rape victim interjects: "People ask how I managed to get pregnant so young. I want some medicine to get rid of this pregnancy."

Their perpetrators face trial, but these young girls' lives have been shattered.

Just horrible..Please read entire story at site..

Monica D (580)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 12:45 am
How very sad for these girls. I hope that the laws are changed - and enforced to protect them. It also sounds like the teaching profession there needs to be better vetted. Somehow.

Cheree M (46)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 1:00 am
Sadly Noted. Agree w/ you Monica D. My Thoughts & prayers go out to all these young girls. Thanks Dee

Naoko i (257)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 3:37 am
Noted with sadness ang anger. And the system of edcation there should be changed. Not just rape and sexual abuse, but the whole atmoephre in the classrooms might be authoritative and oppressive, not letting children (not only gilrs) have say or reject the teachers' wrong-doings.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 4:25 am
Noted, :(

Daphne S. (0)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 7:27 am
This is so sad! The good thing though is the goverment is stepping in and making examples of these rapist. While it may solve the whole issue its a step in the right direction!

Teresa Fazackerley (393)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 7:55 am

Gillian M (218)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 12:02 pm
I'm delighted that the government is stepping in and not allowing the perpetrators to hide behind their religion. This is a terrible thing to happen and my sympathies go out to the girls involved.

Doris T (0)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 1:12 pm
It is good that the government is not just sweeping this under the rug and ignoring the problem like so many did with Catholic schools. If they enact a 15 yr minimum sentence it seems like that would be even tougher than what is here in the US.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 1:39 pm
This is just terrible!
Thanks Dee

Judy C (91)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 2:45 pm
We must be careful to note that Islam is not at fault, but the evil men who hide behind the religious facade that are at fault. Religions of all denominations makes a nice respectable disguise for these sick, evil individuals. Thanks, Dee.

Amanda R (10)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 7:21 pm
The parents should NOT be penalized! That makes it more likely that the child will not be protected and recieve the help she needs. They need to reconsider that law seriously.

. (0)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 7:44 pm
This is heartbreaking.

Mandi T (367)
Thursday December 10, 2009, 8:22 pm
A sad noting. Tks Dee. :(((((

Dee C (23)
Friday December 11, 2009, 1:22 am
Prosecute parents

"Most cases of sexual abuse in Senegal take place within the family, and the rest are happening in educational establishments like French or Koranic schools.

Faced with a tendency for some Senegalese families to try to keep quiet about the abuse, the government is now trying to ensure that those responsible face justice."

These families HAVE TO SPEAK UP..

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday December 11, 2009, 2:27 am
The rape of a young girl or child is cruel & heartless! I believe whoever does it, ignores it or covers it up should receive a public flogging as well as go to jail for a long, long time. Sexual crimes should be brought out into the open and those who commit them need to be publicly humiliated not just hidden away!

Dee C (23)
Friday December 11, 2009, 2:40 am
I so agree Elainna..The youngest victim..just six years old..And anyone who could ignore or help hide that is as guilty as the ones who did it..

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday December 11, 2009, 10:46 am
Abortion should DEFINITELY be available to those who have been raped. NO woman or young girl or child should EVER, under ANY circumstances, be forced to carry and bring to term the child of her rapist; or the child from incest, either.

For a young girl or a child, abortion is definitely safer than giving birth. Where would the unloved, unwanted child go, anyway, what sort of life would await it? No young girl who wants a career or profession should have to spend THE REST OF HER LIFE caring for an unplanned, unloved, unwanted child.
Here are cases where abortion is DEFINITELY by far the best alternative.
There are probably traditional herbs and drugs, "medicines", that produce abortions; if traditional knowledge of these is not kept from women now; women USED TO BE the repositories of all such knowledge in traditional societies.

"Koranic teachers" here obviously are teaching single-sex, not co-ed, classes. Perhaps under the social circumstances prevailing now, Koranic teachers for girls, ought to be WOMEN. Until society changes its attitudes.

Prosecuting the MOTHER, for "knowing and not reporting", is counter-productive; many women are INTIMIDATED from speaking out, by the power and the violence of the men in the family; men they HAVE TO interact with every single day. Draconian laws won't change that.

This THREAT OF RAPE, holds back ALL women in the society, who want an education and a profession other than motherhood. {The same is true in ALL societies.} That is, this holds back ALL OF SOCIETY from reaching its potential.

Dee C (23)
Saturday December 12, 2009, 2:43 am
You cannot currently send a star to BMutiny because you have done so within the last week.

But I do disagree on the prosecuting of the mothers..and or anyone who just sits back and allows this to continue..They need to learn to be strong and stand up for their children if not for themselves..They are teaching and allowing the men to treat them as they do..

It is and has been time to END that..They must fight for not only their own rights but the very rights of these children..and nothing less than that is acceptable..

Antonio Mendes (134)
Saturday December 12, 2009, 5:35 am
It's terrible! This sexual crime against young woman is rising up. Thats to bad...

Thanks Katie Miller!

Antonio Mendes (134)
Saturday December 12, 2009, 5:36 am
I'm sorry:

Thanks Dee!

. (0)
Saturday December 12, 2009, 11:08 am
It is absoultely sickening to hear what these young innocent irls have be subjectd to.. these countries need to move forward and implement counselling and prison terms and more for the perpertrators... this is horrific and these girls are going to be affected for the rest
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