Horrifying report of the day

A report by the Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) in Kenya says that more than 600 women in the country are raped daily.

The report…indicates that the youngest rape survivor is five-months-old while the oldest is 86.
The statistics, which have been compiled in hospitals and community-based organisations where the victims go for treatment and counselling, approximate that there are at least 16,482 rape cases every year.
Reported cases of assault and battery in the country have also increased from 6,255 to 9,169 while a third of adolescent girls’ first sexual experience is coerced, Health Policy Initiative Kenya adds.

I feel ill. For more information on sexual assault in Kenya, click here.

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16 Comments

  1. Mina
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    “The statistics, which have been compiled in hospitals and community-based organisations where the victims go for treatment and counselling, approximate that there are at least 16,482 rape cases every year.”
    I get the impression from this that 16,482 may be on the low end. How many girls in forced marriages in the subcultures which have those get a chance to seek treatment after their wedding nights?

  2. sgzax
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even get my head around those numbers. It’s boggling. It’s numbing. It’s the kind of fact that is so horrifying that it makes finding a way to take action difficult. I have to break through my paralyzing horror before I can move.
    Thank you for the link.

  3. soisaystomabel
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I think I’m going to throw up.

  4. Destra
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Those number are mind-numbing. It hate that we live in a society that does not recognize this staggering epidemic.

  5. Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t someone raped in America like every six seconds?
    Patriarchy is like a disease.

  6. Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    If this trend continues for the next 18 years, that will be total up to 296,676 rapes.
    Stats like this really wants to make this mathmetician shudder.

  7. Nightingale
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Those statistics are horrifying. It’s awful to read that they also consider marriage an act of consent to sexual activity, so if you are forced into marriage (as I’m sure many young girls are), basically their laws are allowing rape. Also, in some countries, if a rapist then marries his victim, that legalizes the rape.
    Nauseating.

  8. Betty Boondoggle
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Five months old? 86 years old? Fucking hell. So much for that “rape is a compliment” baloney.
    This has made me physically ill. What could be more clear than the fact that rape is a form or torture?

  9. fatima
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    according the the us bureau of justice statistics, someone in THIS country is raped every three minutes. that comes out to about 480 a day.
    and im guessing that 480 is a conservative estimate.
    child sexual abuse and sexual assault in retirement and nursery homes run rampant in the united states.
    i dont think kenya and the united states are too different in this respect…

  10. Posted October 31, 2007 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Fatima:
    Context is a very good point to bring up. While the number of rapes per day in the US isn’t much less, the US has almost 10x’s Kenya population. It’s roughly equivalent to the US having 4,800 rapes per day.

  11. Laurinha
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    please tell me you didn’t just say 5 months old…

  12. piotrek
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Kenya was in the news at least once because of rape, but the linked article does not explain the number of 600.
    It cites 9k+ cases reported to police and 16k+ cases reported by hospitals and various ourfits that help the victims, and the number of 600 per day without telling how it relates to actual reports.
    600 per day would mean more than 200k per year. The number of rapes reported by hospitals etc. would give less that 50k per year, and as someone computed, it would give the incidence similar to one in USA.
    It is possible that someone obtained a larger figure, e.g. by interviews of a statictic sample, but the article does not mention that, so it could as well be a typo or some other mistake.

  13. Posted October 31, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Actually the stats say 5-months old, Laurinha. Totally disgusting that anyone would rape a 140-day old infant.

  14. ProdigalPatrick
    Posted November 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Just sick. Even if the stats are skewed a bit, it’s sad to know that men in any culture would hurt another person, let alone in such a demeaning, violent and loveless manner.
    One book I’ve read recently – which I think has shed more light on the subject of violence against women (and ending violent acts as a whole) for me – is “The Macho Paradox,” by Jackson Katz.
    More than ever, men need to step up to end rape altogether. It’s not just a “Women’s problem” as I’ve heard some men call it. It’s a “Men’s problem” and a “Human problem,” to be sure.

  15. SarahMC
    Posted November 1, 2007 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, Laurinha, that doesn’t even surprise me.
    Newborns are raped right here in the USA (and around the world). People do sick. shit. to other adults and to babies and children. I’ve heard horrific stories from social worker friends.

  16. GamesOnline
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Five months old? 86 years old? Fucking hell. So much for that “rape is a compliment” baloney.free online games

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