- The caution is from the department of gender, in the Central region
- It is based on findings presented to it by the National Service Persons Association (NASPA)
- The research faulted male UCC students as the ones who have their way with minors in the region
The Department of Gender in Cape Coast has assured the general public of its readiness to penalize those found culpable of having their way with young girls in the Central region.
This line of action comes on the heels of a survey conducted by National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) in the Central Region.
The findings of the research faulted some male students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) as those responsible for the issue.
The report further indicated that the students provided financial inducements to the young girls.
The regional director of the department, Thywill Eyram Kpeh, was of the view that such a line of action would help deal with the matter, especially in the university community.
She called on parents and community leaders to assist with the provision of information to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU).
She added that such a move would lead to the apprehension of those behind the act.
Again, she stated that students who indulged in such acts get to walk away for free if the matter isn’t reported before they complete school.
In such a case, the girl has to take care of the child.
Kpeh again said that the rise of teenage pregnancy and child prostitution in the Cape Coast metropolis was as a result of such incidents.
Statistics available show that about 5,106 cases of teenage teenage pregnancy were documented in the region between the months of July and December last year.
Out of this figure, 430 of them were aged between 13 and 15, whilst the rest were between 16 and 19 years.
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