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UNFPA-Liberia Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Remi Sogunro has disclosed that many boys have been raped across the country.
Making reference to a report from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Sogunro said “it is not only girls who are being raped. Boys are also being raped.”
He said gender based violence is on the increase and called on Liberians to be vigilant and be their brother's keeper.
According to him, children as low as four years old are being raped daily and called on all parents to be watchful of wicked individuals.
Mr. Sogunro made the statement when he turned over a structure built at C.H. Ranney Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County to care for victims of sexual based violence in the county.
The structure, which includes spaces for police, psycho-social counseling, according to Mr. Sogunro is a one stop shop aimed at easing the difficulty being faced by victims of sexual assault.
He described the building as a house of hope for victims of gender and sexual based violent who usually get weary of going from one place to the other to establish whether they were raped.
“When someone is raped, they are taken to the police and later to the clinic to establish whether they were raped. At the end of the day, they will say it is better not to report the matter,” he said.
Dr. Sogunro expressed happiness for the construction of the structure and called on gender coordinators in the county to make maximum use of the facility to adequately address the plight of victims of sexual based violence.
Lorpu Sherman, Gender Health Coordinator at the Ministry of Gender disclosed that people are still being raped despite the existence of the Ebola virus in the country and indicated that rape is associated with several health issues.
Madam Sherman noted that with this facility people will not be weary of being taken from one place to the other, and assured that treatment and care will be done confidentially.