A significant number of abused children in Uasin Gishu County never get justice due to ignorance.
The Uasin Gishu County Director of Children Services Joshua Kemboi Yator said that many abused children suffer in silence due to ignorance of their rights, and what to do when abused.
He said there was need to empower both the children and their care givers on matters of law and procedures to be followed in the event of abuse.
Speaking during a dissemination workshop for the county area advisory council, AAC members, Yator observed that public awareness is critical if abused children are to get justice.
“Most parents and caregivers only know the informal structure of dealing with people abusing children but not the formal structure where culprits are booked and charged before a court of law,” he explained.
Yator said his department requires support to develop information, education and communication, (IEC) materials that can be used to sensitize the community on harmful practices affecting children in Uasin Gishu County.
During the workshop it emerged that retrogressive cultural practices at the family level such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, (FGM) remained a concern on the rights of the child.
Eldoret West deputy OCPD Samson Rukenga conceded that some corrupt police officers colluded with culprits abusing children to subvert investigations.
“It is true some of our police officers are compromised to sabotage investigations or hide evidence to deny abused children access to justice, but I wish to advice anybody who faces that challenge to report to higher authorities so that the abused child gets justice”, said Rukenga.
He however blamed society for protecting child abusers, explaining that because of cultural believes, poverty and ignorance families and relatives of an abused child negotiate to settle the case at home, or even take the affected child far away to ensure she never gives evidence in court.
Source: Kenya News Agency