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Campaign Against Rape and Incest Launched May 31, 2009

Filed under: Articles in English/Les articles anglaise — kikenileda @ 10:38 PM

The first phase of the campaign will run from May 2009 to May 2011.

Madeleine (13) is a victim of rape. She was raped at the age of eight
by a neighbour who was 26-years old. She said the neighbour caught and
took her to an uncompleted building and raped her. When she attempted
to shout he closed her mouth tight with his hand and threatened to kill
her. He also threatened to kill her if she told any one about what had
happened between them. The ordeal continued for three years and she
could not tell anyone about it. She only had the courage to say it out
when other victims gave testimonies during a workshop organised in
Bamenda in July last year. The testimony and more sent down cold
shivers in the spines of people during the launching in Yaounde of a
nationwide campaign against rape and incest in Cameroon. The campaign
was launched by the National Network of Aunties Associations (RENATA).

The event took place in the presence of members of government, the
diplomatic corps and international organisations. The first phase of
the campaign will run from May 2009 to May 2011. The main objective of
the campaign is to improve the health of adolescents by contributing to
the reduction of sexual violence, particularly rape and incest. Apart
from listening to testimonies, the audience watched documentaries in
French, Pidgin English and Fulfulde on different cases of rape

Speaking during the occasion, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and
the Family, Suzanne Mbomback, said government is preoccupied by the
protection of the women and the girl child. According to The Minister
of Youth Affairs, Adoum Garoua, the campaign is an opportunity to break
the silence and act.

A report on the situation of rape and incest in Cameroon reveals that
there are 432,833 victims in the country. Out of the number, 14 per
cent of girls and women have experienced rape attempts. Among the
victims, 18 per cent (1 out of 5) were raped by a family member.
Besides shock and trauma, eighteen per cent of the rape victims
contracted sexually transmitted infections and 24 per cent got
pregnant. The rapists are rarely punished and only five per cent of
them are condemned by justice. Findings by RENATA show that the
incidence of rape is exponentially increasing and has a worrying and
preoccupying tendency.

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