Dear Maureen, Thanks for your observation about HAKs GBV Helpline 1195. It is true, the number is NOT known in most counties. This is evidenced through GBV statistics on defilement indicated below. Since January 2013 to 10th August 2014, we have recorded a total of 617 defilement cases through help line 1195. There is need to give the number visibility in all counties for the benefit of women and their children. During this period, girls recorded 577 defilement cases which is 94%, while boys recorded 40 (6%). Children (boys and girls) between the age of 0 to 17 years suffered the vice. Are we doing enough to protect these children? Through partnerships, we can! Let us give the women of Kenya the helpline and we shall have enhanced protection against all forms of violence for them and their children.
Defilement per county has been analysed as follows; with Nairobi taking the lead.
County . No. of defilement cases
Uasin Gishu 20
Taita Taveta 13
Trans Nzoia 8
Tana River 5
Homa Bay 2
Tharaka Nithi 1
Grand Total 617
Anyone with an idea on how we can end sexual violence on children which is so depressing to see children go through this pain and sometimes they are killed after they have been violated. Meanwhile, share the number with families and friends and you would have saved a life...!
Healthcare Assistance Kenya (HAK - GBV Hotline 1195).