Address election-related sexual violence

Anti-riot police officers attempt to disperse protesters supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga at Obunga slum, in Kisumu County on August 12, 2017. There are reports of election related sexual assaults linked to the police in Kisumu and Nairobi. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) obtained credible reports of election-related sexual violence in Kisumu and Nairobi, especially Dandora.

  • Unreported rapes don’t mean that they didn’t happen. Survivors are reluctant to come forward due to insecurity and the general climate of fear, women’s rights activists say

  • The State’s failure to punish abusive officers only helps to perpetuate the lack of trust.

Is there no justice for rape?” asked Jane, a young woman from Nairobi’s slums. “If police, who should be helping us, can just rape women and nothing is done to them, what will prevent men from continuing to rape us?”

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