Nature: Emotional Abuse
Age of child: 10 years
Sandra, a 10 year old girl lives with her uncle and his wife. Sandra is always beaten and shouted at. She is called names like Satan (shetani), and told she is a thief like her father, and is also denied food at times. She is warned not to share the mistreatment with anybody or else she will be killed. She is made to go to school even without a sweater in the morning chill. She therefore lives in constant fear not knowing what more abuse would come her way at any time. When the case was brought to the attention of the helpline, the children officer in the area was notified to take action. The couple was summoned. The abuser confessed to the abuse but pleaded ignorance. She said that was the only way she knew to “keep the girl in her place”.
They were taken through psycho-education on good parenting and the effects of emotional abuse on children. They were then required to report to the children’s office fortnightly to provide update on the child’s welfare. The child is doing well now and the neighbours are on the look-out for any more abuse.
Nature: Sexual Abuse and Child Neglect
Age of Child: 3 years old
A three year old girl, Ruth, was defiled in November 2008 by a man who was out on a revenge mission against the girl’s mother. She had been left in the house alone while the mother went to entertain herself in a local bar. The girl’s genitals were damaged in the ordeal and the case was referred to Childline Kenya by a community health worker who called the helpline 116 from Kisumu.
Childline Kenya mobilized partners to support. She survived two reconstructive surgeries and was taken back home after undergoing trauma counseling as well. During the surgical operations, Ruth had to stay in a safe house but kept in touch with her maternal grandmother. The mother was arrested prosecuted and charged with the offence of child neglect and exposing the child to the risk of abuse. She was given a two year jail term.
Unfortunately, Ruth developed further complications related to the sexual abuse because of further neglect by her guardian, the maternal grandmother who was quite aged, and her case was highlighted in one of the local daily newspapers. Childline Kenya took up the case once again and she went through yet another reconstructive surgery in October of 2010. The healing process went well and she was reintegrated back home after 4 months. Her mother had by then served her jail term and had been released. The Department of Children Services committed to constantly monitor Ruth’s progress while a pastor and his family offered to provide for all her needs including education.
Sandra, a 10 year old girl lives with her uncle and his wife. Sandra is always beaten and shouted at. She is called names like Satan (shetani), and told she is a thief like her father, and is also denied food at times. She is warned not to share the mistreatmentRead more...
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