Sexual violence remains a scourge in Kenya, with its most prevalent form being defilement. In 2014 alone, there were 6,101 defilement cases, while the number of sexual offences nationally was 13,828. One such case came before Judge Said Chitembwe in Malindi, in an appeal that overturned the conviction of a 24-year-old man alleged to have defiled a girl aged 13. The decision attracted the 2017 Golden Bludgeon Award, an international award created by Women’s Link Worldwide to highlight the positive and negative impacts of judicial decisions on the lives of women and girls. It was picked as the worst judicial decision affecting the rights of women and girls.
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