STATEMENT BY SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN KENYA URGING FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS

  1. We stand together as survivors of sexual violence in Kenya, having gone through violence in peace and in conflict times. Majority of us have suffered various forms of sexual violence that include rape; gang rapes; forcible circumcision of men; genital mutilation; sexual slavery and enslavement, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence.
  2. Today, we dare to speak as survivors. For far too long survivors have been on the menu –being a subject of discussion at the table without them being accorded an opportunity to articulate their own issues. Civil Society Organisations have spoken on our behalf for far too long. However, today, we are saying that there is no better person who can speak for the survivor than the survivor himself or herself. There is a depth and integrity to the story when an empowered survivor narrates it. By so doing it can encourage other survivors out there to come out and speak, to prevent, support other survivors and communities realize the gravity of sexual violence.

For more please read: FINAL PRESS STATEMENT – Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya

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