Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Ghana’s Capital Records 1,466 Child Sex Abuse Cases in 9 Months

Ghana, west Africa
The incidence of defilement and rape, both major offences, has increased significantly in Accra, the capitol of Ghana, despite stiff punishments meted out by the courts.

Defilement, which refers to child sex abuse, recorded 1,466 cases for the first nine months of the year as against 1,392 cases for the whole of 2013.

Rape also recorded 406 cases as at September 2014, compared to 361 cases recorded for the whole of last year in the Accra Region.

Ghana is in coastal west Africa west of Nigeria, separated by the two tiny countries of Benin and Togo. Accra has a population of about 2.3 million.

Accra, Ghana's capitol
Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) Afia Tenge, Public Relations Officer of the Accra Region, stated that the increase in child abuse was as a result of more people reporting such crimes, as compared to the past.

According to her, due to intensive education and sensitisation on rape and defilement by Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), an increasing number of people are encouraged to report such cases.

ASP Afia Tenge cautioned families not to seek out-of-court settlements with regard to sexual offences since they constitute major criminal offences that must be dealt with in accordance with the law.

It's an encouraging beginning for Accra, which will hopefully spread to all of Ghana. Addressing these slums would also help, but I'm happy to see progress.

The less attractive part of Accra
The PRO also advised victims of rape and defilement not to clean themselves before they report the case. “In doing that, all the evidence is cleaned,” she added.

In a related development, the number of assault, stealing, threatening and fraud cases, which are minor offences, did not record any increases. Someone's math is a little suspect. 

Assault recorded 49,362 cases from January to September 2014 as compared to 54,005 cases recorded for the whole of 2013. Assaults increased at a rate of 18% by my calculations.

Stealing recorded 41,512 cases from January to September 2014 as compared to a total of 43,031 cases recorded for 2013. Stealing increased at a rate of 23% by my calculations.

Threatening as at September 2014 recorded 17,017 cases as compared to what pertained in 2013, where 17,567 cases were recorded for the whole year. Threatening also increased at a rate of 23% by my calculations.

Fraud recorded 16,036 from January to September as compared to 16,036 cases in 2013. Identical numbers  seem very suspect to me. If they are accurate it means a 25% increase.