Reluctance by people to report sexual related cases worries YWCA

The Young Women Christian Association, YWCA in Eastern Province has expressed worry over delay by people to report sexual related cases to relevant authorities.
And YWCA Regional Coordinator, Dorothy Njobvu told Breeze News that the organisation has received five reports of defilement and one rape case in the past three weeks in Chipata district.
Mrs. Njobvu says two of the defilement cases have resulted into pregnancies involving two 15 year old girls of which one of them only reported the matter after noticing lack of support from the person who defiled her when the child was born.
She says that most cases of defilement and rape are being delayed to be reported because of corruption, as some parents and relatives of the victims prefer accepting bribes than reporting a case.
Mrs. Njobvu says this has resulted in some perpetrators running away when the victim decides to report the case on her own.
Ms. Njobvu has condemned the act of corruption, stating that people who accept bribes and those who commit crime should be arrested.
She urged people to assist curb the vice by reporting sexual related offences to relevant authorities.
Ms. Njobvu says such acts are destroying the young generation who end up having fatherless children and contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

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