In a rape treatment center here, I met a 3-year-old patient named Jessica, who was cuddling a teddy bear.

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"Please God, make my breasts disappear." Joyce Forghab used to pray the same line every night during the month she was suffering from breast ironing. The shocking practice, carried out by a quarter of mothers in Cameroon, is meant to reverse female sexual development.

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The International Justice Mission (IJM) has announced its commitment to support the Rwandan justice system in developing a mechanism to protect children against abuse.

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Parents who mistreat their children risk losing them once two pertinent bills in Parliament are passed.

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Every citizen especially the vulnerable groups are supposed to feel secure whenever they see a member of the security forces, but the situation here in Zimbabwe sees the reverse occurring.

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The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence in times of conflict today voiced concern over reports that women and girls fleeing famine in Somalia were being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by bandits and other armed groups as they tried to reach refugee camps in Kenya.

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The United Nations has encouraged Tanzania to urgently address the problem of violence against children in the wake of a new Government-led survey in which almost three quarters of girls and boys said they had experienced physical violence before the age of 18 at the hands of an adult or an intimate partner.

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At least 100 girls in Zimbabwe are sexually abused everyday but not many of these cases are being reported because of various social, cultural, religious and political reasons.

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August is when Nchoo Ngochila would normally be gearing up for the traditional female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) season in her Ilchamus community in Kenya's Rift Valley Province.

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A human rights organization now wants the government to give paedophiles stiffer penalties.

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