Arusha – Gender and Children Desk head at the Arusha Central Police Station Happyness Temu revealed about fifty school children in the city have been molested by close relatives including uncles, cousins, brothers and even male parents.
She added the children don’t know whom to report when they are abused by their own parents or close relatives. Moreover, the victims are not just small girls, but they are little boys too.
Ms Temu revealed while she was on a visit to some of the primary schools in the city. She said pursuing justice has been complicated when sexual abuses are the acts of close relatives as witnesses fear to take action against the culprit and hesitate to report to police. They fear repercussions that include getting ostracized by communities for disclosing family matters. This restricts the work of police and court in making the person convicted.
According to Children’s Rights Club chairman Jackson Mutalemwa of Sombetini Primary School, among the reported cases most of those are of repeated abuse as the younger ones always feared reporting the abuses to anyone as close relatives are involved.
Mutalemwa said the rights clubs have been created to make children comfortable in sharing with them the abuses conducted by their parents, brothers, cousins or other close relatives directly without any fear.
He added further the children only speak when the abuses become too much for them.
Located in the northern part of Tanzania the city is known for its vibrant night life. It is headquarters of Aang Serian Drum too which is the first local media center of African Great Lakes region.