5,752 children defiled in Ghana between 2010-2014

5,752 children defiled in Ghana between 2010-2014

- According to the records of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police, 5,752 children were defiled in Ghana between 2010-2014 

- 1,298 cases were reported in 2014 with 91 cases being perpetrated by the victims’ own family member

- According to Angela Kwamena Aboagye, Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, many women refuse to press charges against perpetrators of defilement cases because of family issues

The Ark Foundation Ghana, an advocacy-based human rights organisation,  has revealed that a number of women refuse to press charges against perpetrators of defilement cases because of family issues, with many others refusing to report at all.

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According to the records of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police, 5,752 children were defiled in Ghana between 2010-2014 . 1,298 cases were reported in 2014 with only eight of the victims being males.  Out of this number, 91 cases were perpetrated by the victims’ own family members with 417 of the cases by people close to the victims while 790 cases by other people not close to the victims.

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The report further showed that in 2013, a total number of 1,230 defilement cases were reported and 1,097 cases were recorded in 2012. Additionally, 1,159 defilement cases were reported in 2011 while 968 cases were reported in 2010.

Mrs Angela Kwamena Aboagye, Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, in an interview with The Mirror said that a number of women refuse to press charges against perpetrators of defilement cases because of family issues, with many others refusing to report at all.

“Intimate partner violence is basically criminal. It is a violation of a person's fundamental human rights and deeply affects their dignity and self-worth,” she added.

The Ark Foundation was established in 1995. It serves as a refuge centre for battered women and children referred from other agencies including DOVVSU, the Commission on Human Rights and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Ghana).

Beneficiaries of the shelter have included battered women, spousal abuse survivors, women fleeing from harmful traditional / religious practices such as early or forced marriage, survivors of sexual assault - rape, defilement and incest.

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Presently, 206 abused women and children are housed by the foundation who are given various types of support including counselling services, legal assistance and vocational training. Mrs Aboagye also revealed that a number of international support groups pulled out their support to the foundation when Ghana attained a middle income status because of their operational guidelines set out by the World Bank.

That situation, she noted, forced the foundation to lay off some of its social workers since the foundation could no longer meet the financial demands.

 

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