Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans
Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans

Thank you for supporting your children in Uganda against sexual assault. Two years ago, after a 9-year-old student at one of Nyaka's schools was raped by a 35-year-old man, Nyaka mobilized to protect the children of Uganda and asked for your help through GlobalGiving. Since then, YOU have made it possible to hire a social worker who ensures that students have someone safe to talk to and teaches the children age appropriate information about the best ways to stay safe and what to do if they are attacked. YOU have also helped increase understanding about sexual assault among students and community members; influence attitudes about sexual assault through training; and helped change views about sexual assault and consent, which will prevent future assaults.

While a lot has been accomplished in the last two years, more work still needs to be done. Nyaka has partnered with the EDJA Foundation whose mission it is to combat child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence in Sub-Sahara Africa. EJDA is an expert in fighting against sexual assault and provides services such as a healing center; crisis and advocacy services; and medical, mental and legal advocacy. These services are available to survivors of sexual assault and their families. EDJA also provides financial help for those who cannot afford legal fees.

EDJA recently became a GlobalGiving partner too! Now, more generous supporters like yourself can help fight against sexual assault. Since partnering with EJDA, we will be concluding the ‘Sexual Assault Crisis Response for Ugandan Orphans’ project on GlobalGiving, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping the fight. Nyaka will continue to protect your children and grandmothers Uganda, along with EDJA and all of their experience and resources they are able to provide. 

Thank you for making real change happen to protect your children in Uganda!

Stay connected with us by visiting our website, following us on Facebook and Twitter, or through one of our other GlobalGiving projects:

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

Educate Girls Orphaned by AIDS in Rural Uganda

Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

Build a School for AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

 

Also, check out the EJDA Foundation on GlobalGiving HERE

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Nyaka Primary School students (survivor not shown)
Nyaka Primary School students (survivor not shown)

It’s been two years since the 9-year-old girl at one of Nyaka's primary schools was raped.  Today, justice has been served!  The man accused of the rape was found guilty by the High Court Judge and will be serving a ten-year jail sentence.  This might seem like a short sentence for such a heinous act, but many rape cases don’t even make it to court and the rapists are set free.  Thanks to YOU, this rapist was convicted and Nyaka is able to work towards ending sexual assault!

The girl (who will remain anonymous) has been doing well since the attack.  She has been given counseling and is checked on often by the Nyaka social worker.  She has remained in school and is determined to not have this attack dictate her future, she is a true survivor!  To prevent other children from being assaulted, staff and community members have been trained on how to influence attitudes about sexual assault, and work with local authorities to get justice for sexual assault survivors.  Community education will help change views about sexual assault and consent, which will prevent future assaults. 

Thank you for the love you have shown this young survivor!

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John the social worker leading the training
John the social worker leading the training

A community sensitization training was held to discuss sexual and gender based violence.  The training was led by Nyaka’s social worker, John, who educated community members about the topic.  There were 75 people in attendance and was comprised of community members, local leaders and religious leaders.  The goal of the community sensitization training was to create awareness on sexual and gender based violence in the village due to the increased cases of sexual assaults reported to the police.

Those who attended were informed about the role each of them can play in addressing sexual abuse accusations.  They were encouraged to always report sexual abuse rumors to their local leaders and the police.  They were discouraged from taking the law into their own hands.  Attendees were also taught about the procedures law enforcement should follow when handing sexual assault cases.  Many of the community members were not aware of how these cases are handled.  Some of the women in the group shared their personal experiences on sexual assault and how they did not receive help from authorities when they reported their cases.  It’s important to follow up with their reported cases to ensure that the police are doing their job and that the case is running smoothly in the court processes.

There is still a need for more community sensitizations trainings in the future.  Many other people in the community can benefit from being sensitized about sexual and gender based violence.  There is still a low reporting rate from men who are sexually abused because of the stigma of weakness attached to it.  Children can also profit from a training like this to better understand warning signals and how to avoid vulnerable situations.  

Thank you for supporting the fight agaist sexual assualt!

Community member sharing a personal experience
Community member sharing a personal experience
Local leader discussing sexual assault issues
Local leader discussing sexual assault issues

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Nurse Hope provides her medical perspective
Nurse Hope provides her medical perspective

Nyaka and the community are standing up against sexual assault!  A core group of individuals completed a workshop that discussed legal issues regarding child sexual abuse.  The group consisted of 19 people who were selected for their interests in stopping sexual assaults, their ability to speak out about the topic and for their respected positions in the community.  They were Nyaka staff members, religious leaders, local politicians, prominent community members, police officers, and the Kanungu State Attorney.  This is the second training that this core group has completed.  We told you about the first training in August that was co-hosted by Nyaka and the EDJA Foundation.  That training had addressed sexual abuse and gender roles.

The purpose of this training was to equip the core group members with legal knowledge and skills regarding sexual abuse in Uganda.  The training was done by Katherine, a Nyaka Board member and retired lawyer.  First she discussed the history of human rights, emphasizing United Nations treaties and protocols like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  She then went over Uganda’s laws and regulations regarding child safety and sexual violence.  Police officers in the group were able to explain their roles and the proper police procedure for prosecuting alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse offenses.  The final activity of the training was to break the participants into three groups that covered:

1- The education/social work/community sector

2- The legal sector

3- The medical sector

Each group came up with what the ideal protocol would be for a guardian or grandmother to report a case of child abuse, and what their role would be in such a situation.  The groups will facilitate community meetings with Nyaka guardians, grandmothers, and others about the problems of child abuse and gender-based violence; will attend future trainings; spread information to the community; and guide the development of community-based solutions.  Members of the core group will be the ones that others turn to about sexual assault issues.

THANK YOU for fighting with us to stop sexual assault!

Katherine conducting the training session
Katherine conducting the training session
Jackson, Nyaka Founder & ED, leading a discussion
Jackson, Nyaka Founder & ED, leading a discussion

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Nyaka's new Social Worker, John
Nyaka's new Social Worker, John

Please meet John, Nyaka’s new Social Worker. John is working with students, grandmothers, and the community to increase awareness about sexual assault and make sure there will be justice if an assault occurs.  Here is an introduction from John himself:

I was born in Uganda and come from a humble family.  I was raised in a hardworking environment where I involved myself with educated people who contributed to who I am today.  In 2012 I received a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at Kyambogo University in Uganda.  In addition, I undertook a Diploma in the Virtual Leadership Development Program for family planning and reproductive health services.  I previously worked as an HIV/AIDS Counselor with Action Africa Help-International (Uganda Program)-UNHCR Implementing partner at Kyangwali Refugees Settlement, Volunteered at Reproductive Health Uganda-Head Office, and worked as a Peer Educator at Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

At Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, as a Social Worker, I have been offering guidance to students; providing psychosocial support to children, grandmothers and community members; following up on sexual assault cases at the Police, Court, Resident State Attorney’s Office, and Probation Office; and ensuring that victims are medically examined.  By working closely with others, I plan to engage the community structures to be part of the cause to end sexual abuse in the community.

I have community dialogues and discussions about sexual reproductive health issues and form community groups to disseminate information on sexual assault.  The problems I’m trying to address is the low response of some community members to report sexual assault cases to the Police and also delayed response by medical officers to examine victims.  I’m designing standard operating procedures to manage sexual abuse cases and creating more collaboration networks with other NGO’s and the law enforcing agencies.

I believe that each person has equal opportunities to succeed in life.

The process of changing attitudes and beliefs about sexual assault is slow and requires support from the community. John will ensure that students have someone safe to talk to and will teach all students age appropriate information about the best ways to stay safe and what to do if they are attacked.  He is a valuable team member and we welcome him to the Nyaka Family. 

Thank YOU for your love and support!

John with students at Kutamba Primary School
John with students at Kutamba Primary School
John presenting to community members
John presenting to community members

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Sarah Seltz
East Lansing, MI United States

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