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Sexual violence plagues the female segment in Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Sexual violence adds to women's suffering in the capital of Haiti, where gangs keep the population terrorized.

In Croix-des-Bouquets, Bel-Air, La Saline, Pernier and Ganthier, at least 74 women and girls were victims of this practice, including their rape by several members of a criminal gang, according to a report from the Haitian National Human Rights Network.

Previously, the Departmental Initiative against Trafficking and Child Trafficking in Haiti (Idette) called for the creation of a multi-sectoral mechanism that can protect women and children amid the insecurity that exists in Haiti.

The organization recommended finding ways to take care of the survivors of abuse, creating a unit for women and children at risk at the prosecutor’s office, training legal personnel on gender violence, and launching an awareness-raising campaign in schools, markets and churches.

The Idette stressed that cases of individual and collective rape are widespread, and attackers take pleasure in filming these dehumanizing acts to post them on social networks later.

The organization denounced the pressures to which victims are subjected to by the police when they file complaints, and regretted how some parents reach an agreement with the aggressor for up to 100,000 gourdes, some 757 dollars, an ox and pigs as compensation, and then the case is dismissed.

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