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Rwanda : Violence against children must be stopped

Submitted by on August 10, 2012 – 1:25 pmNo Comment

The safety of every Rwandan citizen is paramount and every one of us must work hard towards maintaining a certain degree of safety, but there is safety that all of us have to protect and promote which is that of the children.

 

Every one of us has the mandate each to avoid violence against children because they are the future of our country.

 

Violence against children is exhibited in different forms such as sexual violence through defilement, a feat which forces such victims to be engaged in sexual immorality at their young age.

 

Other forms are conceiving and throwing away unwanted babies, getting married at a young age, harassment of children by elders, engaging children in heavy punishments, parents denying children a chance to complete their education so as to engage in house-hold chores, taking drugs, indiscipline and carelessness of parents in presence of their children.

 

According to police statistics, violence recorded from January to July this year. There were 155 cases reported in January; 159 in February; 151 in March; 139 in April and May respectively; 116 in June and 143 in July.

 

These statistics are a clear call to parents to take care for their children and stop putting their work ahead of everything to the extent of forgetting issues concerning their families.

 

In case of any violence, the public is urged to report to security organs so as to avoid the culture of going unpunished.

 

Children are also requested to fight for their rights where there is need and stop hiding the evil acts noticed in the neighborhood.

The police urges that contacting the Isange One-stop center is another option which will help to completely recover from the state of victimization (physical and psychological affected) following any case of human violation.  The Isange One-Stop Centre is accessible in all districts of Rwanda.

 

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