Hundreds march against rape and child sexual abuse

Padare on the 1st of November joined hundreds of people comprising government officials, students, civic society officials and general members of the public in a march against child rape and sexual abuse organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

The march which was held in Harare carried the theme marching against rape and child sexual abuse and it sought to raise awareness on the plight of young people, especially girls who are suffering sexual abuse at the hand of adults.

Women Affairs Gender and Community Development minister Ms Oppah Muchinguri expressed concern at the increasing number of reported cases of sexual abuse in Zimbabwe underscoring the need for parents and guardians of children to always ensure that they leave their children with people they trust and ensure their safety when they go and come back from school in order to safeguard them from abuse.

The Minister revealed shocking statistics of reported incidences of child sexual abuse from the year 2006 to date. She said that from 2006 to 2011 there was a gradual increase in reported incidences of child sexual abuse from 1262 reported cases in 2006, 2115 in 2009, 2608 in 2010 and 3004 in the year 2011. She added that although there was a 2.9% drop in reported incidences in 2012 compared to the previous year, the worrying trend is persisting in 2013 as 2119 cases had already been recorded in the first three quarters of the year.

Other speakers at the campaign included the Junior Parliament Vice President and the junior minister of Woman Affairs Gender and Community Development who also spoke out against abuse of both boys and girls.

The big crowds that turned up were entertained by poets and drama groups whose performances were loaded with messages that discouraged child abuse.

Some of the participants carried banners and wore shirts inscribed "stop child abuse", "life sentence for child rapists", "stop child abuse", "break the silence", "stop abusing babies", "join the campaign against rape and sexual abuse of children", and "men of quality say no to violence", highlighting the need for strong action against child abuse.

Harare Metropolitan Province Provincial Development Officer Ms Thecla Madziwa said she was overwhelmed by the turn out for the march and was particularly happy about the fact that children took the centre stage during the march.

The proceeding for the day climaxed when a petition calling on different government ministries to safeguard children from sexual abuse was handed to Minister Muchinguri who was representing government at the event.
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QUOTES

“Makurukota ehurumende, tivhurireiwo college yerudo paita madzimai ashungurudzika.  Kune varume vakundikana murudo”
-LEONARD ZHAKATA, Murume Chaiye, HURUKURO

“Murume chaiye ane moyo werudo , moyo unopa, uye rukudzo, kuregerera nekuzvininipisa”.
-LEONARD ZHAKATA, Murume Chaiye,    HURUKURO

 

 

“Mudikani wangu kana muvakidzani wangu, tidzidze kuwadzana, kutaurirana, kuwirirana. Nokuti runyararo ndirwo rwandinoda kusvika ndaoma, nokuti runyararo ndirwo rwandinoda kusvika ndafa”.   -DIANA SAMKANGE, Hurukuro, HURUKURO

 

 

“Iva murume akashinga anoronga ramangwana achiziva chimiro chake maringe nemukondombera”
-PRUDENCE KATOMENE, Toyenda, HURUKURO

 

“N’anga hadzirape chirwere chemukondombera”
-PRUDENCE KATOMENE, Padare, HURUKURO

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