The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Mrs Cecilia Senoo, is calling for the arrest and prosecution of 46 – year old man who is accused of sexually assaulting his ten-year-old niece for 4 years, and in the process, getting her infected with Gonorrhea, a Sexually Transmitted Disease.
The girl, in an account to Accra-based Joy News Television, said the abuse started when she was six years old.
“I was six years when he started (abusing me), he fondled my breasts and touched me inappropriately. He sexually abused me in the kitchen several times, especially when no one was around,” the visibly traumatized girl narrated.
The accused person is said to have absconded after allegedly admitting to abusing the girl. Commenting on the issue, the Executive Director of HFFG, Mrs Cecilia Senoo called on security agencies to do everything possible to ensure the culprit is apprehended and made to face the law if found guilty.
She expressed resentment on the continuous abuse of children by adults who often do not get prosecuted due to family interference. Mrs Senoo wants the child protection system to be strengthened in Ghana to ensure young girls live to their full potential without barriers like abuse and exploitations.
“Looking at the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, this is a very serious issue and the person (accused) must be punished,” the child-rights advocate said.
Watch the accounts of the girl and the discussions below: