Sexual Violence in Kenya Increasing Amidst Post-Election Chaos
Health workers in Kenya are reporting an increase in sexual violence amidst the chaos following the country’s presidential elections. According to Nairobi’s Women’s Hospital, the daily average of rape cases had doubled, reports IRIN.
"These sexual attacks may be crimes of opportunism, where people take advantage of the breakdown of normal protection mechanisms to rape, or in cases where the war pits one group against the another, such as ethnic violence, the rapes may be targeted at one particular group of women and girls," Jeanne Ward, an international consultant on gender-based violence told IRIN. Ward noted that though investigations had begun, it was still too early to tell if the rapes in Kenya were targeted.
Violence has devastated various parts of the country’s capital after the controversial results of the presidential elections were declared. Cases of sexual violence have also been reported against men, IRIN reports.
5/17/2013 Another Military Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Arrested - On Wednesday night the manager of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program for Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested for stalking.
Army Lieutenant Colonel Darin Haas was arrested around 6:30 pm Wednesday night when his ex-wife called the authorities after receiving threatening text messages that violated her order of protection against Haas. . . .