Friday, October 25, 2013

The world’s worst punishment for rape?

The world's worst punishment for rape?


Dear friends,



16-year-old Liz was gang raped so brutally that she is now in a wheelchair. But it gets worse -- instead of arresting the attackers the police got them to cut the grass, and then set them free! The story has sent shockwaves through Kenya, but to ensure the attackers and the police are held to account we need to build a massive call for justice from across the world. Let's make sure no other Kenyan child suffers like Liz. Sign now and tell everyone:
Liz was walking home from her grandfather's funeral when she was ambushed by six men who took turns raping her and then threw her unconscious body down a 6-meter toilet pit. The punishment for the vicious men who did this to her? Mow the lawn then go free after!

Liz's horror story has sent shockwaves through Kenya and now politicians and the police are under pressure to respond. But women's groups in Kenya say nothing will be done unless the government is put under the global spotlight. They are calling on us urgently to help ensure justice is done and that Liz's nightmare marks a turning-point in Kenya's rape epidemic.

Nobody has been brought to justice -- not the rapists, and not the police. Today, we change that. Let's stand with Liz right now, before the rapists and the police escape. Click below to get justice for Liz and make sure no other Kenyan child suffers this violence:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

According to the girl's mother, the rapists return to Liz's home to taunt the family. They act like they're above the law, and have good reason to think so. The police just logged Liz's attack as mere "assault" and asked her mother to "clean her up", destroying key forensic evidence. Meanwhile, Liz has been confined to a wheelchair and fighting a debilitating fistula infection. 

Liz's story is an extreme example of a much bigger problem. In Kenya, two thirds of school girls and half of school boys have been sexually abused. Earlier this year, a landmark ruling by a Kenyan court found police guilty of failing to do their jobs and ordered them to uphold Kenya's strict anti-rape laws. The real test for that court decision is whether we get justice for Liz. 

The police claim that they don't have the money or training to uphold the law. But while further resources in police departments and hospitals are badly needed, you don't need much training to know that cutting the grass is no punishment for rape. The attack on Liz is truly appalling but cases like this will keep happening unless we together stand up and demand the police and authorities set a new precedent for how they treat rape victims like Liz. Stand with her now: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

Avaaz members have a track record for standing up against rape all over the world -- we recently got the Indian government to commit to a multi-billion Rupee national education campaign to combat the problem there. While we can never undo what happened to Liz, we can keep it from happening again. Let's do it. 

With hope and determination, 

David, Anne, Sam, Bissan, Oli, Ricken, Emily and the whole Avaaz team 

PS: Liz is a pseudonym given by the news outlet that broke her story and has since been widely used. She is not pictured here. 

SOURCES

Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free (The Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/When-rapists-go-scot-free/-/957860/2022572/-/skd9s8z/-/index.html

Miscarriage of justice in brutal gang rape case shines spotlight on Kenyan police (Sabahi Online)
http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articles/hoa/articles/features/2013/10/18/feature-02 


Police wrap up probe into girl's gang rape (The Daily Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-wrap-up-probe-into-girls-gang-rape/-/1056/2035702/-/format/xhtml/-/4rdyo/-/index.html  

After Kenya's landmark rape decision, all eyes on the police (Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/after-kenyas-landmark-rape-decision-all-eyes-fall-on-the-police/article13545136/

Kenyan Rape Victims Seek Compensation (IWPR)
http://iwpr.net/report-news/kenyan-rape-victims-seek-compensation


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