Kenyan domestic violence stats.

Sexual violence is increasingly prevalent in Kenya and police statistics show that more than 2,800 cases of rape were reported in 2004 – an increase of close to 500 compared to the previous year.
Domestic violence is also a serious problem in the East African nation. A demographic health survey carried out by the Ministry of Planning in 2003 revealed that at least half of all Kenyan women had experienced violence since the age of 15, with close family members among the perpetrators.

And these are only instances that are reported.

Women who have been sexually or domestically abused are often too scared by the stigma attached to the crime to tell their families, let alone report their attacks to the relevant authorities.
“Stigma is such a big issue in many cultures. Women and girls blame themselves and fear that they will be ostracised from society if they admit to being raped, and they often are outcasts if they do so,” Njogu said.

There has been some work towards helping this situation. In the spring the government passed the Sexual Offences Bill that will seek to reform existing laws. They have also opened a battered women’s shelter in Nairobi.
One shelter!

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  • Scott M

    Perhaps the extra 500 reports are a good sign– a sign that the stigma against reporting, while still strong, is not as absolute. [Still way too many, don't get me wrong; but the problem can't be solved if it's never acknowledged.]

  • Afrofeminista

    Please note, the Sexual Offences Bill HAS NOT been passed yet in parliament. It is likely given the current recess, that this bill will need to be re-published and presented again for debate, once the house resumes.
    Women legislators, women’s rights organizations are lobbying and keeping track of the progress towards this.
    In this country 1 shelter, 500 reports is a start. It is definetely not enough, but it is a sign of hope for the many women and children who find shelter at the WRAP shelter (some coming from distant parts of the country). The shelter’s in the capital city – Nairobi.
    More resources are needed – there is a recent shift, towards highlighting the cost of violence to the Kenyan economy as well as the need for budgetary support for sexual violence, from the Government. And you know, it’s not all doom and gloom. Jointly with women’s rights organizations, HIV/AIDS focused agencies, the Ministry of Health, has introduced, National Guidelines on the Management of Sexual Violence, for use in all Government health facilities. It’s a start. . .