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SIERRA LEONE: Nation Declares Rape Scourge A National Emergency

By Published February 14, 2019

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has declared rape and sexual violence a “national emergency” following doubling figure in recorded cases of rape involving minors.

According to the president, perpetrators of such crimes will face up to life imprisonment and all public hospitals has been directed to provide free medical services to victims of sexual assault.

While condemning the culture of silence or indifference in the society that has seen thousands of cases go unreported.

To this end, the president announced the setting up of a dedicated police department to investigate sexual violence, a special magistrate court that would handle such cases and a public hotline specifically for reporting sexual violence.

A 5-year-old girl was left paralyzed from the waist down after being savagely raped by her 28-year-old uncle which left her spine crushed.

Currently, sexually motivated crimes carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

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