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Sexual Violence: Uganda Police Should Support Victims, Not Blame Them

It was disappointing to read a recent article by a  senior police officer, Emilian Kayima, in The New Vision blaming women for being victims of sexual violence. Instead of taking on the men responsible for the violence and abuse, Kayima,  a former police spokesperson, went on a tirade against women. Rape and other forms of sexual assault are acts of violence and abuse, period. They are about power and domination, not sexual attraction, driven by the attacker’s decision to act in an abusive way, not dependent on a victim’s action or behavior. Unfortunately, damaging sexist statements and attitudes…

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