Displaced girls bemoan molestation

Democratic Republic of CongoFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ADOLESCENT girls displaced by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have been physically, emotionally and sexually violated.
Family members and intimate partners have emerged the worst perpetrators of the violence.
The findings follow research by surveyors at South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict has displaced millions within the country, and in refugee camps in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, home to people fleeing conflict in Sudan and South Sudan.
Researchers from Columbia University in the United States conducted the survey involving 1 296 girls aged 13-19.
The majority of adolescent girls (52 percent) reported experiencing at least one form of violence victimization in the previous 12 months: 32 percent reported being hit or beaten, 37 percent reported being screamed at loudly or aggressively, and 27 percent experienced unwanted sexual touching and/or rape.
The vast majority of girls reported that their intimate partners and/or other family members were perpetrators of violence.
Researchers said findings contradict local narratives suggesting that girls are most at risk of violence at the hands of strangers or military personnel.
It emerged gaps in knowledge of violence against adolescent girls have limited the humanitarian community’s ability to appropriately respond to and prevent this violence.
“Girls in conflict settings are the victims of disturbing patterns of violence beginning in adolescence and even earlier,” says lead author Lindsay Stark.
Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that affects one in three women and one in four girls under the age of 18, according to the World Health Organization.

– CAJ News

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