Minister of Justice Yvonne Dausab, said a total of 120 children fell victim to the crime of rape in Namibia between August and September in 2020, a high number for such a small population.
Dausab announced this on Thursday in the National Assembly, while providing an update on government’s efforts to combat sexual violence against children.
She said that even though there are existing laws to fight sexual violence against children, women and men, other measures should be found, like increasing the conversations against the “disturbing evils” because laws are just not enough.
‘The legislature has endeavoured to abate the recent spate of violence against children by enacting the amendments to the Child Care and Protection Act No 3 of 2015. In doing so, one of the mechanisms aimed at limiting the number of children affected by sexual violence is the establishment of the National Child Protection Register in terms of section 238 of the Child Care and Protection Act, 2015,’ said Dausab.
She added that various legal and institutional arrangements are in place to ensure the wellbeing and interest of children, and more specifically section seven of the Child Care and Protection Act, which places a specific duty on parents or persons responsible for the protection of children from neglect, discrimination, abuse, violence and harm.
‘As a society, we have a huge responsibility to interrogate the underlying reasons for this continuing escalation of particularly sexual violence against our little boys and girls. I certainly intend to take this issue up with our Prosecutor General, law enforcement agencies, the Ombudsman, Office of the First Lady and of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare for a more firmer conversation around how to improve existing safeguards to protect our children,’ stated Dasuab, adding that society is dangerously falling under the radar of being caring and protective of children.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)