The Increase in Child Rape: Cases in our Society (What do we do?)

Marie Abanga
Posted April 26, 2019 from Cameroon

Yesterday 25.04.19, I was a guest on a power program on HiTv called Girls' Talk, hosted by the talented Wilson Blessing in the city of Buea, Cameroon.

We were looking at the Increase in Child Rape in our society, and we had other expert resource persons like Prof Teke of the University of Buea, and Dr Forbellah a partner with Doctors without borders. I was brought in, in different capacities, and discussed different aspects of rape which could be leading to its increase in our society regardless of all we cry against.

As a lawyer, I looked at the shortcomings of the provisions in the penal code and how undeterring they were to perpetrators. As a Psychotherapist, I looked at the life time trauma of victims/survivors. As a parent, I looked at our plight, role and responsibilities. As the founder of the Association Hope for the Abused and Battered, I used some specific cases we have addressed so far to drive home my points that there is a lot needed to be done by our collective Synergies.

You mustn't wait until your child or family member is raped before you speak up. It was a thrilling day.

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ARREY- ECHI
Apr 26
Apr 26

Dear Marie,
The increase in incidents of rape in our societies leaves much to be desired and it truly requires our collective efforts to redress this pandemic.
I sometimes wonder though, if our learnt brothers and sisters in the law can not come up with powerful laws against rapists which could serve as a deterent for others?

Thank you for the work you are doing to shine the light in this seldom worked field.

Marie Abanga
Apr 29
Apr 29

Dear Arrey,

Thank you for your comment. Indeed, you hit a lot of key points straight on. With regards to legal lacunae, that's a big one but one we have to face at one point or the other. Petitions have to be written for policy to change. You know the MPs have to write proposals for legal reform and it follows the course we all know such issues could follow in our country.
My purpose is being fulfilled and I am so grateful to God for making me such an instrument.
I really appreciate all the moral and other support I have gotten since I stepped out so last October.

Jill Langhus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hey there Marie,

Look at you:-) This is great exposure to this massive challenge, for sure. Agreed. People need to speak up more, and also be advocates for the cause to help stop it.

Marie Abanga
Apr 29
Apr 29

Dear Jill, Yes I am so conscious of all the exposure I am getting and I never take anything for granted. I really appreciate all I can do and all the impact it is having. Day by day and case by case our advocacy gains momentum and one day there will be a mark improvement in our societies.

Jill Langhus
Apr 29
Apr 29

I know you are, dear:-) I agree.

Good job!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 27
Apr 27

Dear Marie,
It is so encouraging to see you here, lawyer, psychotherapist and World Pulse sister, giving voice publicly to this critical issue. It is a huge question: Given that our Governments are all aware of the violence being done to children, why is it that the Courts remain so ineffectual? It is time that they are exposed and held accountable for being complicit in this blatant ignoring of basic Human Rights. Congratulations on being heard and for your ongoing work through the Association Hope for the Abused and Battered.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Marie Abanga
Apr 29
Apr 29

Dear Tam,

I am a very spiritual person and I say it is not by might nor power but by the Spirit of the Lord which dwells in and over me. I am sometimes in total awe too and just full of thanksgiving all the time. The courts are only there for implementation of the laws and judgment of cases brought before it. If the laws are so ineffective and even outdated, and no or few cases are reported to begin with, it falls back to society to cry out. I hope my modest contribution awakens our collective consciences and even makes us as a society very embarrassed and angry.
Thank you once more for all
In sisterhood
Marie

Hello, Sister Marie,

You wear so many hats, and I love that you are using them well. You are an example that a woman can take many roles and manage each responsibilities well. I'm so proud of you for raising your voice to speak these rape victims. May you mentor many young women to be like you. Thank you for sharing! Congratulations!

Marie Abanga
May 18
May 18

Hello dear,

Happy birthday once more. Thank you so much. Hahaha I call myself a Jacqueline of many trades o Amen. I will keep doing my best by Grace; and so should we all impact and change makers.

Sis. Salifu
May 16
May 16

I always wonder why such lawlessness. Its unfortunate! Thanks for sharing it with us, and keep up the good work for these vulnerable ones.

Marie Abanga
May 18
May 18

Dear Sis,

I have past the wondering stage and I am getting to the conclusion that when state interest are not directly at stake, due attention is not paid to a cause. Thank you so much

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