You may have caught this heartrending headline: 1000 Kenyan Teachers Fired for Raping Girls. Over the past two years the teachers (!) were arrested for raping girls between the ages of 12 and 15. However, that’s not the end of the story. Even younger children aren’t safe. And the problems isn’t just in Kenya. Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria and other African countries, as well as some Middle Eastern countries, are facing this serious, rampant problem.
The lives of these girls are never the same. They are physically and emotionally traumatized and don’t usually get the post-trauma treatment they need. They struggle with depression, PTSD, and other mental health problems. They are shunned by family and friends or have their attacks minimized.
An email with the link to the story was sent to me by a Therapy Soup reader (BirdFriend), who spent some time in Africa. She told me that she is grateful the story finally aired, but that we Canadians and Americans need to keep it from becoming old news.
Check out The Equality Effect, a Canadian group that fights for the equality (and safety), of African women and girls, at school, at work, and at home.
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Last reviewed: 11 Oct 2010