Nimba Gender Coordinator Alarms Increase in Rape


By Mafanta Kromah  


Nimba County Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Coordinator, Madam Yaah Belleh Suah, has alarmed increase in rape in the county.

Madam Suah observed that rape is becoming common in the county because cases are reported on a daily basis.

She noted that on many occasions children, from nine to fifteen years, are the main people of rape victims.

According to her, there are over 25 cases of rape in Nimba since the beginning of 2017, adding, “It is a normal thing in the county as people rape girl children for common.”

The Gender Coordinator claimed that there is no proper justice given to victims of rape; as such, the rate continues to increase day by day.

She maintained that due to the lack of proper justice system, people commit such a big crime and at end walk away with impunity.

Madam Suah said the ministry plays its part as it is concerned with women issues and grouping and violence against women and children including sexual assaults and rape. All the cases are court, but she mentioned delay in trial has resulted into many cases not being heard.

She stressed the need for more awareness in the act of assault and rape, noting that people need to be more educated  about the act and the consequences.

At the same time, a concerned women group in Ganta rape is a major issue in the county as children are raped for common without proper justice.

They recommend government to review the rape law and create civil educators to educate citizens of the law and the punishment attached, in order to put fear in people committing this crime.

According to the Eighth Judiciary Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, there are 21 rape cases pending trial during its May Term of Court.

Rape is an unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age and incapable of valid consent.

It is believed that there are several effects of sexual assault and rape that affect the mind, body and spirit. Many survivors experience one or more of these effects and they are not mutually exclusive. For example, a physical reaction to trauma such as self-injury can be the result of depression.

It takes only women to understand how difficult the pain of these experiences can be for victims, and there are calls for the Ministry of Gender to honor the process of acknowledging these effects with the goal to help guide each of the victims’ paths to healing.

After they have gone through a traumatic experience such as a rape or an assault, it is common for a survivor to feel shaken or unlike him or herself. It is a complex form of trauma that breaches the physical, mental and spiritual trust of a person against their will. This can affect a person’s mentality, especially during youth when the brain is highly elastic during its formative years.

According to Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the main effects of assault and rape is depression that is more than common feelings of temporary sadness.

The report stresses that the symptoms can include prolonged sadness, feelings of hopelessness, unexplained crying, and changes in appetite with significant weight loss or gain, loss of energy or loss of interest and pleasure in activities previously enjoyed.

Depression can affect a person’s outlook, which can lead to feelings of bleakness. This, in turn, can impact his or her thought process and ability to make decisions. Edited By Fredrick P. W. Gaye