5000-plus rape cases reported in Kenya between March and June

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Incidents of violence against the vulnerable members of the society have increased by 7% between March and June compared to the same period last year in Kenya.

Ministry of Health in a statement on Friday said Wajir, Turkana, Kisii, Nandi, Lamu, Homabay and Kisumu had recorded a 30% increase in incidents of violence.

At the same time, over 5,000 rape survivors received medical treatment at various hospitals across the country during the same period.

The survivors are largely minors and comprise 5% male and 95% female survivors.

The Ministry of Health also watered down claims that some measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus were fuelling violence.

“I wish to point out that these measures do not at all justify the violence being meted out on innocent members of the society more so, women and children,” Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said in a statement.

Further, MoH said the measures put in place are meant to avert the virus spread and not precipitate more violence.

The Government has put measures in place to ensure victims of these atrocities receive help.

The National Prevention and Response Plan on Violence Against Children 2019-2023 which was launched last week by the State Department of Social Protection will seek address issues of violence against children.

At the same time, the response will be offering psychosocial support and counselling to victims through its toll-free number 1190.

Incidences can also be reported though 116 which is also toll-free