Speaking the Unspeakable
In many countries, long standing traditions and cultures that hold women in low esteem make it even harder to speak out against sexual abuse.
For example, in Kenya, nearly 1 in 3 girls experience sexual violence - but the crime is rarely reported due to social stigma.
Corruption and poor policing mean that women have little if any confidence they will be taken seriously, if listened to at all. Women and children feel helpless, they don’t know who will fight for them.
Loving Father, we pray for those living in the shadow of sexual assault around the world. Let them know your love and their immense value in your sight. Use your people to set the oppressed free and loose the chains of injustice, help us never to be indifferent. Amen.
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Organisations like Compassion are working all over the world to help victims of sexual violence:
When 12-year-old Koki from Kenya was brutally violated by her neighbour, she didn’t have to suffer alone.
Koki’s family knew they could find support at her local Compassion project. Compassion staff enabled the family to take Koki to hospital and made sure she received proper counselling. Beyond that, they fought for Koki, and despite initial police resistance, ensured that the perpetrator was brought to justice.
Koki and the other girls in her village have been shown that not only are they safe now, but that they are worth fighting for.
Compassion is an international child development charity with more than 60 years of experience working with some of the world’s poorest children. At present more than 1.7 million children attend Compassion’s church-based projects in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.
Compassion also partners with the local church to run 790 Child Survival Programmes across the world. These provide antenatal care for vulnerable mothers and ensure babies are given the best possible start in life. Often the simplest of interventions like basic hygiene and sanitation, vaccinations, and good nutrition can reduce infant mortality.