GBV perpetrators must be brought to book

Sarah Yano

Sarah Yano, a marathoner, speaks during the Athletics Kenya National Consultative Forum held in Kapenguria, West Pokot County on November 30, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • The move by the sports ministry to organise a conference to discuss this matter in depth is very encouraging
  • One hopes that there will be no glossing over issues during the three-day GBV in Sport conference that opens in Kwale on Monday
  • Participants of the conference must learn from this precedent and spare us more attempts to 'innovate' a way out of this problem

In Greece this week, a former sailing coach accused of raping a child went on trial 11 years after committing the crime. Triantafyllos Apostolou, 39, was arrested in January 2021 after the girl, an Olympic champion, spoke out about her experience of sexual abuse and effectively kickstarted Greece’s #MeToo movement in Athens.

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