COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL Ghana, a child care Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has revealed that between 2012 and 2014, figures available to it indicated that a total of 25,468 children in Ghana were sexually abused.
According to the NGO, every 10 seconds a child abuse case is recorded in Ghana.
The organisation also said the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region topped child abuses cases among children of 14 and 18 years of age as recorded by Compassion International Ghana this year in its operational areas.
Florence Sena Amponsah, Programme Implementation Manager of Compassion International, Ghana who announced this at a seminar in Koforidua on Wednesday called for collaborative efforts by stakeholders to help curb child abuse cases, particularly sexual abuses which she said were on the rise.
In the view of the DAILY HERITAGE, one important point raised by Miss Amponsah was the need for rape and defilement victims to make sure they don’t take their bath or wash their underwear until medical doctors and Police get clinical evidence for prosecution.
She explained that vital clinical evidence is usually tampered with whenever defilement and rape victims wash their private parts and panties before going to the Police station to report and subsequently go to the hospital for medical examination.
She also admonished complainants to always send victims to Police station with sperms, blood and torn panties.
“You must educate parents and guardians not to let their rape and defilement victims bath or wash their panties before going to the Police station to report. If you do that, you tamper with evidence needed to aid prosecution,” she told the participants.
We think the call is in order and ought to be pushed by all, especially the media so that parents and guardians would refrain from hurriedly cleaning up defiled victims before making a report to the Police.
In rural Ghana in particular, many rapists get away with their criminal acts because victims are either ashamed to report their ordeal or clean up before making a report to the police.
This certainly has to change. Rapists should be made to face harsh punishments under the law to deter others. And the only way to do so is to be vigilante and be bold to report criminals who sexually abuse women and underage girls for the law to take its course.