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Cameroon – Child Abuse: 900 children victims of sexual violence in Cameroon in fifteen months

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Written by Deckson N.

These figures were revealed at the conclusion of a study of the International Circle for the Promotion of Creation (Cercle International pour la Promotion de la Création – CIPCRE in French).

The study of CIPCRE was conducted between January 2015 and June 2016 and the figures are alarming. More than 900 children were victims of sexual violence in the space of fifteen months. According to the Emergence daily, edition of 9 August 2016, the most affected regions by this scourge are Central, West and North-West. By giving these figures last week the CIPCRE made public the results of its investigations to the 2015-2016 period. It was during a dissemination workshop and reflection around the new criminal law on the fight against sexual violence and gender discrimination, reported the newspaper.

During this workshop, floor was given to officials of the CIPCRE to show the extent of the problem. According to these officials, cited by the Emergence newspaper “from January 2015 to June 2016, 475 cases of sexual violence against children were reported directly to the CIPCRE (36 cases were under 7-year old children, and about 100, age 14, 106 have a pregnancy following facts, six lost their lives, 144 were serious injuries, 49 chopper STDs/STIs), 519 other cases of sexual violence were reported to local leaders trained by the CIPCRE “. The perpetrators of these crimes, according to the report of the CIPCRE rarely come from far away. “It’s usually a close to the child and whom the child trusts,” says the document.

Given these alarming findings, strategies have been developed by the CIPCRE to improve this state of affairs, we learned from Emergence. This by creating a protective legal social environment of children in the most affected regions, such as Central, West and North-West. According to Emergence the CIPCRE program called “Project on Strengthening the framework for the protection and rehabilitation of children at risk and victims of sex (projet de renforcement du cadre de protection et de réhabilitation des enfants à risque et des victimes sexuelles in French)” is already bearing fruit with the new Criminal Code which now incorporates the definition of rape made by the CIPCRE.

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