By James Gitaka
Over 200 hundred victims of Gender based Violence are reported to seek for treatment and support at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital care center ,every Month.
Dr Irene Simiyu a medical officer attached at the assault recovery center notes with concern the increasing cases of sexual assault especially among children below the age of 17 years,
“At the care center we offer free services to victims of Sexual and gender based violence, we offer counseling , provide legal aid and examine our patients and provide proper treatment to the victims many of whom are women and young girls, however lately we are concerned over the increased cases sodomy among young boys who are visiting the recovery center, “Said Dr. Simiyu.
Dr. Simiyu adds that there is a need for continuous public sensitization in order to end all forms of gender based violence.
While flagging off a peaceful procession Friday to mark the 16 days of activism against Gender based violence, Dr. Wycliffe Koskei representing the CEO Moi Teaching and referral Hospital, emphasized the need to end both sexual and gender based violence meted against women and girls.
“This campaign however does not exclude men and boys as more and more cases of sexual violence continue to affect all genders , we are saying we can prevent gender violence by embracing dialogue and other forms of dispute resolution at the family unity other than violence, “Said Dr Koskei.
At the same function Dr.Morgeni Richard the North rift chair Kenya obstetrician and gynecological society, highlighted the need for the community to give up cultural practices that demean women and girls and those that tend to normalize wife beating and all other forms of Violence in the name of outdated cultural practices,
“In some cultures it is assumed to be a normal thing that women can be abused or treated as children, as a gynecological society we stand with women and men in this world that people can live in a world where they enjoy their rights to the fullest, “Affirmed Dr. Richard.
He further noted gender based violence is a serious form of incarceration and flouting of basic human rights ,depriving individuals of their dignity.
Njiru Kibaru A legal practitioner with The Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), who supports the MTRH assault recovery care center with legal aid , insists all forms of sexual based violence must be reported and perpetrators face the law,
“The Sexual offenses act does not allow for alternative dispute resolution on maters sexual offenses, all these cases must reach the courts ,parents and Kenyans must report such cases always”Said Kibaru.