More than half of sexual assailants during 2017 General Election were police and other security officers, a report by the national rights defence has revealed.

Fifty-five percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence, the report released on Wednesday by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) shows, were men and women entrusted with protection of lives and property.

According to KNCHR chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori, most of the victims of the violence were women at 96.26 percent while men were 3.74 percent.

The sexual crimes committed during that period were rape, gang rape, attempted rape, defilement, attempted defilement, indecent acts and sexual assault.

The commission defines sexual assault as penetration of genitals or part of their body by an object.

KNCHR defines indecent acts as an unlawful actions that cause any contact between any part of the body with the genitals, breasts and buttocks of another person but does not cause penetration.

The report released in the capital Nairobi highlights the stories of 201 survivors who reported their ordeals.

Nairobi City County had the highest number of violations recorded, followed by Kisumu.

“The violations take place in areas where the poor and downtrodden of society live, ” George Morara, vice chairperson of KNCHR, pointed out.

In Nairobi, the highest number of cases were reported in Uthiru, Kibera, Kawangware, Baba Dogo, Mathare and Ngomongo.

Other counties that reported high incidences of rape and sexual violence were Migori, Kakamega, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Siaya, Uasin Gishu and Machakos.

Kenya has an elaborate sexual offences Act but most perpetrators of rape and defilement walk scot-free due to destruction and lack of evidence.


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