Read The Sad Story Of A Girl Who Was Raped By 6 Men And Left For Dead In A Pit Latrine

It was a vicious crime that attracted international condemnation and media outrage.

One night in 2013, a 16-year-old girl was gang-raped as she returned home from her grandfather’s funeral in Western Kenya.

After being brutally assaulted and beaten by six young men that she knew, her attackers threw her into a 12 ft-deep pit latrine, leaving her for dead.

The victim, referred to as “Liz” in order to protect her identity, was found barely alive the next day by villagers. The attack was so violent that she suffered obstetric fistula and spinal cord damage, leaving her incontinent and wheelchair bound.

Three of the perpetrators were detained by locals and taken to a nearby police station in Busia, close to Lake Victoria.

But rather than officially prosecuting the men, officers ordered them to cut the grass outside the station as punishment. Then they were released from custody.

I remember the first time I met Liz – I felt so distraught, angry and at a loss. I was angry at the justice system and at the perpetrators of this heinous crime, and at the wider society for letting this young girl down so badly.

As a programme officer for international human rights organisation Equality Now, I was there to hear Liz’s story and see what we could do to help.

I was unsure what to ask or tell her. She was already dealing with a huge amount of trauma and public attention.

Her happy, cheerful teenage life had been torn apart and here she was, so distraught.

The failure by the police officers to arrest the perpetrators and arraign them in court was a serious miscarriage of justice.

It also illustrated a common response by Kenyan police to crimes of sexual violence: Not taking them seriously; delaying or denying justice for victims; and blaming or attacking the victim’s credibility.

Many organisations soon took to the streets to protest against the lenient punishment and to call upon the relevant state agencies in Kenya to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.

A campaign called #JusticeforLiz gained international momentum, with over 1.2 million people signing a petition in support.

Mounting public pressure eventually led to three of the men being arrested, charged and convicted.

Equality Now supported the legal case, which was seen as a landmark ruling, and the accused were sentenced to 15 years for gang rape and seven years for causing grievous harm.

Although Liz and her family were glad that some justice had finally been served, Liz was still coping with the aftermath of the attack.

She had to undergo numerous operations and needed ongoing psychosocial support to deal with the emotional trauma.

Adding to the turmoil, Liz and her family were forced into hiding and had to move to another town because of threats and reprisal attacks from relatives of the men who had raped her.

Even at their new home, the family had to rely on Kenya’s Witness Protection Agency for security.

Fast forward four years to 2017, I am seated next to Liz once more and I feel excited about our meeting because this time there is something to celebrate. Liz is now grown-up and she has a smile on her face.

Although still shy, we manage to have a conversation about what she has been doing. An anonymous donor is providing support to Liz through Equality Now so she has been able to continue with her education and her personal effects are taken care of. She loves her new school and is working hard at her studies.

Liz no longer requires a wheelchair, but one of her legs has still not fully recovered. She walks with a limp and cannot go long distances on foot or participate fully in sports.

Her spinal injuries have also left her with a persistent backache. Despite all this, and the monthly medical checkups she requires, there has been an incredible improvement in her well-being and her mood is upbeat.

I am extremely impressed by the transformation. I think to myself, she must be a very courageous young woman, a fighter. I feel so happy that she has lived to tell her story and is forging ahead with life.

Liz still does not understand why the people she thought were here friends’ gang-raped her. This is something she may never get answers to.

However, she is positive about what lies ahead. In her own words, she believes that”“the worst is behind her”

Survivors of sexual violence face huge challenges, it is not an easy journey. The trauma, the stigma, and the financial cost of medical and psychosocial support are too much for many victims living in poverty across Kenya to bear.

They need support from their family, their community, the police, the medical profession, and the Judiciary. As a society, this is what we must give them.

As I prepare to bid goodbye to Liz, she mentions that she wants to study medicine. I ask why she has chosen this career path. Her response warms my heart.

“The doctor who took care of me after I was gang-raped saved my life. I want to do the same for other girls who might find themselves in my position.”

Equality Now is an international human rights organisation that works to protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world by combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy. Our international network of lawyers, activists, and supporters achieve legal and systemic change by holding governments responsible for enacting and enforcing laws and policies that end legal inequality, sexual trafficking, sexual violence, and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and child marriage.

 

 

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INHUMAN! Stepfather Charged With 99 Offences; He Drugged His Wife Before Raping His 12-Year-Old Stepdaughter

A ‘tired’ working mum never considered the possibility her husband was drugging her at their Sydney home so he could sexually assault her daughter, a jury has heard.

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, on Thursday said she noticed ‘powdery substances’ in drinks made by her husband and she would suffer ‘extreme and sudden tiredness’ that led her to seek medical tests.

‘You just reassured me I was tired … I trusted you and I believed you,’ she said at the Downing Centre District Court during her cross-examination by the accused.

‘I would ask you ‘have you put sugar in it?’ and you would say ‘no I haven’t done anything’… (but) it would taste different to when I made the drink.’

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The 45-year-old man is representing himself after pleading not guilty to drugging his wife and stepdaughter.

He has pleaded guilty to 99 charges relating to the sexual abuse of his stepdaughter which started when she was 12.

A doctor told the jury the girl said her stepfather would crush travel sickness tablets to mix in her mother’s food and drink, and when she fell asleep he would have sex with the stepdaughter.

A meat tenderiser found in the home had a small amount of white powder on it that was found to contain three different drugs.

‘At any stage did you think… that someone, probably your husband, was drugging you?’ the accused asked the woman.

‘No, I didn’t… you would always throw me off the scent,’ she said.

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The woman said she raised concerns about her husband’s close relationship with her daughter – whispered arguments, early morning walks on the beach and long gym sessions.

On one occasion she told him to ‘stay the f*** away from my daughter.’

‘I was angry about the way you were behaving towards her,’ she said. She denied she was jealous of their close relationship.

The court previously heard SD memory cards discovered in the lining of the stepfather’s jacket contained 78 videos and 778 images which showed him sexually and indecently assaulting the stepdaughter, and in some of the footage she appeared to be asleep.

The mother said she found another SD card in her desk that she thought had family photos on it.

‘But it didn’t. It had photos of you assaulting my daughter,’ she said on Thursday.

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Man charged with sodomising boy while armed armed with a toy gun

A man was charged Thursday with sodomising a 10-year-old boy. He threatened him using a toy pistol and kitchen knife, the court heard.

Matata Mtevu, 34, allegedly committed the offence on April 20 at Industrial Area. The child told police he was playing with other children when he stepped aside for a short call.

A man in a hood then grabbed him from behind and took him away. The suspect then threatened to kill him if he shouted for help.

The suspect was spotted leaving the thicket by the child’s grandmother, but fled before she caught him. The suspect was arrested the same evening.

He denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Timothy Okello and was released on Sh100,000 bond. The case will be mentioned on May 14.

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The ‘return’ of Jeremy Clarkson on BBC

Jeremy Clarkson is set to make his first appearance on BBC since losing his job as Top Gear Host. Jeremy will appear as a guest host of Have I Got News for you on 24th April.

According to a BBC spokesman “Jeremy’s contract has not been renewed on Top Gear but he isn’t banned from appearing on the BBC.”

The controversial broadcaster has appeare on the show several times before.

Clarkson was suspended from Top Gear on March 10th following an assault on the shows producer Oisin Tymon.

Chris Brown finishes probation for assaulting Rihanna

Chris Brown’s has finished serving his period of probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna six years ago.

The singer hugged his lawyer after a judge said he had completed community service requirements and closed the case.

“IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!!” he tweeted after leaving the court, while his lawyer Mark Geragos said: “I couldn’t be more delighted,” adding that Friday’s hearing was “a monumental feat”.

Brown had pleaded guilty to the 2009 attack and had been under supervision following the assault that took place hours before the US Grammy Awards.

The attack led to immediate fallout for Brown, although his career has partially rebounded and he went on to win a Grammy Award three years after the attack.

8 Robbers Gang Rape 75-year Old Nun

A nun aged 75 has been gang-raped by a group of up to eight robbers in India in the latest attack to shock the country. She is in a serious condition in hospital after confronting the gang of 12 men who broke into the Christian missionary school in eastern India, police said.

Officers are searching for the bandits who escaped with cash, a mobile phone, a laptop computer and a camera belonging to the school.

The attack was carried out by seven or eight robbers at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in West Bengal state’s Nadia district, investigators said.

Police Inspector General Anuj Sharma said: ‘A preliminary investigation has revealed that a nun at the school was gagged and gang-raped. Two people have so far been arrested.’

Indian media reported that the gang broke into the convent and tied up the security guard before going on the rampage. It is alleged that three other nuns were assault and suffered injury in the violent attack.

Furious local residents took to the streets in anger, shouting slogans demanding action and blocking off the main highway.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted her condemnation of what she called a ‘horrific attack’, promising ‘swift, strongest action’.

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Man caught raping elderly woman at Zoo Lake

A man was arrested after he was caught raping a woman, 65, at Zoo Lake in Parkview, Johannesburg, police said.

“The rape was witnessed by a lady who works for City Parks at Zoo Lake. She alleges she heard a lady screaming and… she went to investigate with her colleague,” said Sergeant Lloyd Ramovha.

Passers-by helped to apprehend the suspect, 23, at around 9am on Friday after the witnesses screamed for help.

Parkview police responded immediately and the suspect was detained at Parkview police station, he said.

He would appear in court soon.

 

Men should embrace uniqueness in women, Waiguru

The matter of indecent dressing is not about the outfit but about “a social contract with men” for the benefit of the society, Devolution CS Anne Waiguru has said.

“A time has come for all men to embrace the uniqueness of the girls and women in their lives. You must protect them as though they were your mothers, sisters and girlfriends,” she said on Wednesday.

She was speaking at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and the HeForShe gender equality campaigns at the University of Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Uhuru also launched the national policy on prevention and response to gender based violence.

Waiguru said gender equality is a human rights issue that affects the whole nation and that men should therefore act lawfully.

She said the various initiatives, including the national policy, must be implemented to protect women against criminal acts.

 

Businesswoman Joyce Akinyi charged with assault

Controversial trader  Joyce Akinyi was Tuesday charged in a Nairobi court with causing grievous harm to her former business associate.

She is accused of harming Schola Namunyu on November 6 at City Hall, Nairobi. Akinyi denied the charge before resident magistrate Hannah Kaguru.

She was arrested on November 13 but she was released on Sh20,000 bail. Akinyi’s lawyer Guandaru Thuita requested the court to release her on lenient bond.

He requested to be supplied with copies of documentary evidence that the prosecution will rely on during trial. Akinyi was released on a Sh100,000 bail, pending the hearing of the case on January 13.

 

Touts to answer for stripping woman in Nairobi

The CID are investigating the stripping of a woman at the Embassava bus stop in Nairobi. The woman was assaulted by men believed to be matatu touts, who said she was dressed indecently.

The men were caught on camera by a passer-by. CID chef Ndegwa MUhoro said they are looking into the matter. There was an uproar on social media yesterday after images of the incident act were circulated.

She was accused of dressing indecently as she was passing and the touts called her ‘Jezebel’. They also said the dress was ‘tempting’ them.

The woman pleaded for help but the men kicked her in her private parts. Others roughed her up and tore her blouse. Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi has condemned the attack on the woman.

She said stern action will be taken on the men who stripped the woman. Matatu Owners’ Association chairman Simon Kimutai called on the police to take action. He said the management fo Embassava should work with the police and kick out the criminals who have infiltrated the matatu terminus.

 

Wife beating on the rise, says MYWO

Domestic violence in Machakos county is on the rise, according to Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation .

Speaking in Shalom Community Hospital, Machakos, on Tuesday, MYWO chairperson Francisca Mutinda said the violence is worrying.

She was visiting one Dorothy Mutuku at the hospital, who was allegedly beaten by her husband. Mutinda said MYWO receives many such cases of women being beaten by their husbands.

She said the organisation will push for tougher penalties for wife batterers. “We don’t want to see this kind of mistreatment on women,” Mutinda said.

She said couples should find better ways of addressing family conflicts instead of physical harm. Mutinda also asked women to respect their husbands.

Man jailed 20 years for attempted rape

A man in Bomet who denied attempting to defile a 6-year-old has been jailed for 20 years.

John Langat was also accused of assaulting the child in Chepkolo, Bomet, on December 27 last year.

The court was told that Langat had lured the girl to his house before she screamed for help.

A neighbour, Raymond Kelong, heard the screams and went to the girl’s rescue.

Man charged for cutting son’s ear and forcing him to drink the blood

A man who allegedly cut off his 6-year-old son’s ear has been charged with assault, occasioning bodily harm and child neglect at the Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Nairobi.

James Wandia is accused of chopping off his son’s ear using a razor blade and forcing him to drink the blood in Mathare on June 29. The boy was rescued by neighbours.

In July, senior resident magistrate Edda Agada ordered for Wandia to be remanded after an application by the prosecution. The prosecutor said he might victimise his son if released on bond.

Wandia earlier pleaded guilty to the charge but changed the plea after the facts of the case were read out to him by the prosecutor.

Justice Lucy Mbugua set October 16 as the conviction date.

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Embu woman denies chopping off boyfriend’s genitals

A woman in Embu has denied chopping off her boyfriend’s genitals during a quarrel.

According to the Star newspaper Alice Kimilu cut off Joseph Wambua’s genitalia at Majengo estate in Embu town.

The woman is said to have attacked her boyfriend with a kitchen knife because he refused to formalize their marriage, Embu court heard on Monday.

She denied the charges and requested to be released on bond but the prosecutor Patrick Migwi opposed her application due to the nature of the of injuries suffered by the victim.

Wambua’s is currently recuperating at the Embu Level Five Hospital with a medical report on the extent of his injuries yet to be released.

The suspect will remain in remand until October 17, when her bail application will be reviewed.

Man beats up girlfriend for wearing miniskirt

A 38 year old man from Thika beat up his lover because he felt her dressing was indecent.

A court on Friday found Nyaga Ngari guilty of assault and fined him Sh10, 000 shillings or six months in jail.

Nyaga told Thika Resident Magistrate C.A Muchoki, that he decided to discipline his girlfriend because she had formed a habit of coming to his house while dressed in a miniskirt.

“The complainant annoyed me for coming to my house almost naked on several occasions despite my warnings” the accused told the court.

Earlier the court was told how the accused went to the complainant Grace Nduta’s house and called her out. He then descended on her with kicks and blows and only stopped when neighbors intervened.

The complainant had to be taken to hospital for treatment after the incident.

Singer Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of physical assault

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles.Police say the singer was arrested after allegedly attacking another woman she found with her Boyfriend Rapper Birdman.

Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 am after someone initiated a private person’s arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon.

Police did not release any further details about the incident. An email message sent to Cole’s publicist was not immediately returned.

Cole’s second album, 2007’s Just like you, produced the songs Let It Go, I Remember and Heaven Sent.

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NFL player Jonathan Dwyer Broke Wife’s Nose with Head Butt, Police Report States

An Arizona Cardinal running back who was benched by the NFL allegedly broke his wife’s nose with a head-butt and threw a shoe at their toddler son, according to a police report.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league’s marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

Dwyer, 25, was arrested Wednesday after being interviewed by Phoenix police.

The police report states that the alleged victim told officers there had been other incidents of violence by Dwyer that she had not reported to authorities.

Dwyer has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault, two counts of criminal damage and one count of preventing use of a phone in an emergency, all of which are connected to two alleged incidents on July 21 and 22.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/arizona-cardinals-jonathan-dwyer-broke-wifes-nose-head/story?id=25599066

American Football star Greg Hardy deactivated over domestic violence conviction

A second American football player has been sanctioned, in as many weeks, as a result of domestic abuse.

The Carolina Panthers have decided to DEACTIVATE superstar defensive end Greg Hardy because of his domestic violence conviction — a decision that was made by the team this morning and it seems fairly obvious it’s all because of the Ray Rice situation.

Back in July, a North Carolina judge found Hardy guilty of attacking his girlfriend and threatening her life during an altercation in May — but the Panthers and the NFL decided not to punish Hardy while he appealed the decision and pursued a jury trial.

But now, in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal — and a public outcry against the NFL for taking too light of a stance against domestic violence — the Panthers have decided to deactivate Hardy for today’s game.

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