TAITA Taveta’s governor’s wife Hope Mruttu has joined the war against sexual violence on young girls.
She recently launched a campaign called Save Our Queens, which will support defilement and rape victims.
Speaking to the Star on the phone, Mruttu said most of the people who fall victim suffer in silence as they do not know where to look for help .
“The main objective of the initiative is try and educate people on gender base violence,” Mruttu said.
She said her office will focus on educating victims who are mostly intimidated by their attackers.
“There are many cases which go unreported due to lack of information and fear among the victims,” Mruttu said.
She said fathers and neighbours who are expected to shield the young girls and boys have turned out to be their predators.
Mruttu gave an example of a 19-year-old girl in Voi who was alleged raped by her father, 50 and warned against reporting to the police.
“You find when a girl is defiled at a tender age, she grows up hating all men in the society,” she said.
Mruttu urged residents to join forces with the authorities and combat sexual violence.
According to a Taita Taveta human rights watch more than 10 defilement cases are recorded every month.
But the office of the director of public prosecutions paints a different picture on the issue as they indicate at least four cases of defilement are recorded weekly.