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The missing link between teenage pregnancies and SGBV reported cases

Koforidua, July 17, GNA-Cases of child sexual abuse appear to be under-reported considering the number of girls between the ages of 12 and 1...

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Koforidua, July 17, GNA-Cases of child sexual abuse appear to be under-reported considering the number.

July 17, GNA-Cases of child sexual abuse appear to be under-reported considering the number of.

17, GNA-Cases of child sexual abuse appear to be under-reported considering the number of girls.



According to the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) Section 101 on.

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According to the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) Section 101 on sexual.

/> According to the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) Section 101 on sexual and.

It is a criminal offence and culprits are liable to imprisonment for a term of.

is a criminal offence and culprits are liable to imprisonment for a term of not.

Yet only a fraction of recorded teenage pregnancy cases is pursued as sexual violations against.

only a fraction of recorded teenage pregnancy cases is pursued as sexual violations against a.



Teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse cases are recorded at health facilities and.

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Teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse cases are recorded at health facilities and with.

Statistics from the Ghana Health Service District Health Information Management System (DHIMS) indicate that in.

from the Ghana Health Service District Health Information Management System (DHIMS) indicate that in 2020.

the Ghana Health Service District Health Information Management System (DHIMS) indicate that in 2020 for.



Between 2016 and 2020, slightly more than half a million (555,575) teenagers.



Between 2016 and 2020, slightly more than half a million (555,575) teenagers aged.

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Between 2016 and 2020, slightly more than half a million (555,575) teenagers aged 10-19.



The annual breakdown of pregnancies involving 10 to 14-year-olds in 2016 shows 2,325.

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The annual breakdown of pregnancies involving 10 to 14-year-olds in 2016 shows 2,325 cases,.

In 2017, when there were 2,585 cases of pregnancy involving 10 to 14-year-olds, 1,686 defilement.

2017, when there were 2,585 cases of pregnancy involving 10 to 14-year-olds, 1,686 defilement cases.

There were 2,968 cases of pregnancy in 2018, and 2,110 cases in 2019, but the.

were 2,968 cases of pregnancy in 2018, and 2,110 cases in 2019, but the defilement.

In 2020 when there were 2,865 pregnancy cases in girls aged 10 to 14 years,.

2020 when there were 2,865 pregnancy cases in girls aged 10 to 14 years, 1,047.



The numbers of pregnant girls aged 10 to 14 years are an.



The numbers of pregnant girls aged 10 to 14 years are an indicator.

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The numbers of pregnant girls aged 10 to 14 years are an indicator of.



While the Children’s Act makes it mandatory to report cases of child abuse.

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While the Children’s Act makes it mandatory to report cases of child abuse and.

/> While the Children’s Act makes it mandatory to report cases of child abuse and exploitation.

the Children’s Act makes it mandatory to report cases of child abuse and exploitation to.



Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy notes that teachers, healthcare professionals.



Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy notes that teachers, healthcare professionals and.

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Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy notes that teachers, healthcare professionals and childcare.



If there was a coordinated system, a 14-year-old pregnant girl who visits.



If there was a coordinated system, a 14-year-old pregnant girl who visits the.

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If there was a coordinated system, a 14-year-old pregnant girl who visits the clinic.

/> If there was a coordinated system, a 14-year-old pregnant girl who visits the clinic for.



Madam Esther Tawiah, the Director of the Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED),.

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Madam Esther Tawiah, the Director of the Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED), told.

/> Madam Esther Tawiah, the Director of the Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED), told the.



"As soon as a girl under the age of 16 reports at a.

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"As soon as a girl under the age of 16 reports at a health.

That way, we can protect girls from this unfortunate situation and make headway in ending.

way, we can protect girls from this unfortunate situation and make headway in ending gender-based.



In the current system, traditions and norms as well.



In the current system, traditions and norms as well as.



In the current system, traditions and norms as well as ignorance.

Cases are often settled outside the laid-down legal process, with parents of the defiled girls.

are often settled outside the laid-down legal process, with parents of the defiled girls negotiating.

often settled outside the laid-down legal process, with parents of the defiled girls negotiating for.



This was the case for Madam Mercy Obiyo, a 32-year-old trader whose.



This was the case for Madam Mercy Obiyo, a 32-year-old trader whose 14-year-old.

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This was the case for Madam Mercy Obiyo, a 32-year-old trader whose 14-year-old daughter.

Madam Obiyo told the GNA that though she was bitter that a man, who was.

Obiyo told the GNA that though she was bitter that a man, who was already.



"As a single mother, my interest was getting him to take care.



"As a single mother, my interest was getting him to take care of.

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"As a single mother, my interest was getting him to take care of the.



Asked if she knew it was an offence to have sexual activity.



Asked if she knew it was an offence to have sexual activity with.

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Asked if she knew it was an offence to have sexual activity with a.

/> Asked if she knew it was an offence to have sexual activity with a girl.



Sometimes, defilement cases are reported for the sake of getting a confession.



Sometimes, defilement cases are reported for the sake of getting a confession from.

In a 2013 study on the implementation of the law on defilement at the DOVVSU.

a 2013 study on the implementation of the law on defilement at the DOVVSU of.

2013 study on the implementation of the law on defilement at the DOVVSU of the.

Even in cases where the person responsible for impregnating a girl is a fellow teenager,.

in cases where the person responsible for impregnating a girl is a fellow teenager, he.

cases where the person responsible for impregnating a girl is a fellow teenager, he is.

where the person responsible for impregnating a girl is a fellow teenager, he is threatened.

Thereafter, the complainants withdraw the case for settlement at home.



“When such gestures are made, we allow them to withdraw the case for.

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“When such gestures are made, we allow them to withdraw the case for settlement,”.



The Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that.



The Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families,.

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The Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious.

/> The Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders,.

The Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs.

Child and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs and.

and Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs and other.

Family Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs and other local.

Welfare Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs and other local community.

Policy acknowledges this culture, noting that families, religious leaders, chiefs and other local community leaders.



While some negotiate with the perpetrators away from the legal.



While some negotiate with the perpetrators away from the legal process,.

Some don't have confidence in the police or legal system due to negative experiences.

There is also the perception that reporting to the Police and the subsequent legal processes.

is also the perception that reporting to the Police and the subsequent legal processes are.



Madam Eva Otoo, a midwife at a public health facility, told GNA.



Madam Eva Otoo, a midwife at a public health facility, told GNA that.

She recalled a 29-year-old farmer impregnated a 14-year-old girl and gave her some concoctions to.

recalled a 29-year-old farmer impregnated a 14-year-old girl and gave her some concoctions to abort.



"I suggested to the grandmother that she should report because, having.



"I suggested to the grandmother that she should report because, having sexual.

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"I suggested to the grandmother that she should report because, having sexual intercourse.

/> "I suggested to the grandmother that she should report because, having sexual intercourse with.



Even when reports are made, there are no guarantees that the cases.

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Even when reports are made, there are no guarantees that the cases will.



In the previously mentioned study, out of the 117 reported cases analysed,.

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In the previously mentioned study, out of the 117 reported cases analysed, 78.

In two of the four withdrawn cases, the parents of the defiled girls wrote letters.

two of the four withdrawn cases, the parents of the defiled girls wrote letters saying.

Only 14 of the reported cases ended in convictions.



Police records showed that in some of the abandoned cases, medical report.



Police records showed that in some of the abandoned cases, medical report forms.



Such was the case of 34-year-old farm labourer Aku Gavina, whose.



Such was the case of 34-year-old farm labourer Aku Gavina, whose daughter.

She reported to the Police but didn’t return the medical form due to financial challenges.



"I gathered courage and reported that my 15-year-old daughter had been.



"I gathered courage and reported that my 15-year-old daughter had been defiled.

I was given a Police medical form, but I didn't return it because I couldn't.

was given a Police medical form, but I didn't return it because I couldn't raise.

given a Police medical form, but I didn't return it because I couldn't raise the.

a Police medical form, but I didn't return it because I couldn't raise the Gh¢300.

Police medical form, but I didn't return it because I couldn't raise the Gh¢300 demanded.



Mr Majisi, the Officer from CHRAJ, called for structures to ensure that men.

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Mr Majisi, the Officer from CHRAJ, called for structures to ensure that men who.



“This is one of the surest ways to deal with this menace.

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“This is one of the surest ways to deal with this menace of.

We should not see teenage pregnancy as a normal happening,” he said.



However, the agencies charged with protecting children from abuse cite inadequate staff.

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However, the agencies charged with protecting children from abuse cite inadequate staff and.

/> However, the agencies charged with protecting children from abuse cite inadequate staff and financial.

A source at the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social.

source at the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

at the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection confirmed.

the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection confirmed that.



Caught in these gaps are the young girls who have to stop.

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Caught in these gaps are the young girls who have to stop schooling.

/> Caught in these gaps are the young girls who have to stop schooling and.



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