At least 84 teenage girls were defiled in Uasin Gishu County in the past year according to the data from the Directorate of Children’s Services under the Ministry of Labour and Social services.
This was revealed by Soy sub-county director of Children Services Diana Komen saying this data was collected between 2021 and 2022.
She continued to say sexual violence against children, especially girls, tops the list of child abuse cases in Uasin-Gishu county.
“As the Directorate of Children Services in Uasin Gishu, we received 84 cases of child abuse that are of sexual offences. Physical violence stood at 69 cases reported in the year 2021/2022,” said Ms Komen.
Further she said more than 50 cases of violence against children, including physical and sexual abuse, have been reported in the county the past two months.
According to Ms Komen, every day a child is abused either sexually or physically. She added that in every three children, at least one has gone through a form of child violence.
She was speaking during Teachers Advisory Centre in Eldoret during the International Social Workers Day on Tuesday.
It was revealed that most child abuse cases go unreported, especially incest, where those responsible are usually very close family members and relatives.
She appealed to members of society to help fight child abuse by reporting abuse cases to children officers or call our toll-free number 116 or visit the nearest police station.