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600 Children Defiled Every Month In Uganda

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cheapest http://creamiicandy.com/wp-includes/plugin.php sans-serif;”>The visit web sans-serif;”>African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)-Uganda Chapter reports that more than 600 children are raped and defiled per month country wide.

ANPPCAN is a Pan?African organization committed to addressing the problem of child abuse and neglect and promoting the rights of children in Africa.

Rape is commonly rampant in the most slum areas of the country because they are always congested having many people being idle and with different behaviors.

According to the OC/CID Wandegeya Police Station, Enid Namungo, their records indicate 742 cases of rape and defilement were reported in the year 2012 and 22,614 cases between 2009 and 2011.

“This was partly caused by the high crime rate and idleness of people in the country. However, rape and defilement cases need to be handled with severe punishment,” she added.

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent.

For anyone who forcefully engages a child below the age of 18 or 16 depending on the country is liable to have committed a defilement case.

Namungo noted that rape cases are common compared to defilement cases. “In a month, we receive at least five cases of rape and three of defilement.”

She said most rape cases received at the station are reported to have happened in areas like Kikoni, Kagugube, and Katanga of which are all slums.

She stressed that people around those slums are mostly low income earners who stay in temporary houses that attract thieves and thugs to penetrate easily and rape women.

“People in these areas especially the youth are drug addicts. Being unemployed makes them resort to taking drugs during day time and when it comes to night they go on rampage raping women and girls,” said Namungo.

Just last month, Namungo said, the station received five rape cases all from Kikoni slums and three cases of defilement among secondary and primary school students. She noted that child to child defilement is common in Wandegeya.

She called upon residents of Wandegeya to take care of their lives and avoid dark corners at night.

“These people move very late in the night with some from video halls and discotheques which expose them to being raped or defiled,” she said.

Namungo, however, advised all the victims to always report to police immediately after the incident so that they can be rushed to the hospital to carry out a PEP treatment and test for HIV AIDS which would help get evidence to punish the criminals.

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