UN calls on country where up to three quarters of women have been raped to ‘end impunity’ for sex attackers

A poster in a market in Monrovia during a 2009 anti-rape campaign in Liberia (AFP/Getty Images)
A poster in a market in Monrovia during a 2009 anti-rape campaign in Liberia (AFP/Getty Images)

Despite more than 800 reported rapes in Liberia last year, only 34 men were convicted.

The United Nations is calling for the end of “widespread impunity” for sex attackers in a country where up to three quarters of all women and girls have been raped.

A new report found that children under the age of five were among those sexually attacked last year in Liberia, where the vast majority of documented rape victims are minors.

Despite more than 800 reported rapes, only 34 convictions were made for the crime in 2015, with officials warning that the assaults are vastly underreported due to widespread stigma and discrimination against victims.

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SOURCE: News Now/The Independent Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.