Fourteen boys were raped by a man posing as a pastor in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Panzi Foundation said Tuesday.
The Bukavu charity hospital founded by Denis Mukwege, the Nobel laureate and gynaecologist hailed for his work with rape victims, said the children were admitted last month “in a state of suffering and psychological stress”.
The 30-year-old alleged attacker was arrested in late April, civil activist Julien Namegabe told AFP.
The victims came from different families and ranged in age from eight to 15.
The suspect “bought their silence with small gifts for several weeks” according to the Panzi Foundation.
Evariste Kajibwami, a clinical psychologist who has been following the boys since their admission to the hospital, said on the foundation’s website that they “presented a mixture of sadness, fear and shame”.
The foundation said it would help the victims “until justice was done”.
Mukwege has treated thousands of women who were raped during conflicts in eastern DR Congo over the past quarter-century.
He was a joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
His foundation has been involved in at least two trials before the military justice system.
In 2017, a local militia member of parliament was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping around 40 girls in Kavumu near Bukavu.
In November, a warlord was convicted of raping women and at least one girl in early 2018.
A 29-year-old man, Buhari Abiola popularly known as Eyinju was on the 7th of May 2020 arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for forcefully having carnal knowledge of a 21-year-old girl (name withheld) .
The arrest of the suspect followed a report from the victim who reported at Adigbe divisional headquarters that while she was selling fried potatoes and bean-cake at church street area of Ojere, the suspect came to buy the fried potatoes and asked her to come and collect money in his house which is a stone throw distance to the place.
She further stated that on getting to his house, the suspect forcefully dragged her into his room where he had carnal knowledge of her against her consent. Upon the report, the DPO Adigbe division CSP Austin Okpadile detailed his men to the scene where the randy suspect was promptly arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect who was denying initially later confessed that he actually raped the girl, he stated that he has been making advances to the girl for quite some time but the girl has been turning him down, and when he saw her selling fried potatoes, he decided to use that as a bait to get her to the bed.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson who expressed worry about the rate at which young girls are being sexually abused has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti human trafficking and child labour unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
“A few days ago I made a comment that was wrong, unbecoming and contrary to the values on which I was raised. I wish to withdraw that statement and apologise to the gentleman concerned for the hurtful comment,” he said.
“I also apologise for appearing to attack an entire ethnic group for the misdeed of one person. I regret the sexual innuendo in the private message and apologise unreservedly for it.
“I wish to state very strongly that the statement was made during the heat of the moment and I wish to put on the record that I do not condone sexual violence.”
Mr. El-rufai said he does not believe that there can be any justification for gender-based crimes, adding that he is learning from the episode in the continuous journey of emerging as a better person.
“I have apologised to my mother in person. I have also reached out to the women in my life and apologised,” he said.
“I realise that the intensity around this matter stems partly from my surname. The mistakes I made with the private message and in smearing an ethnic group because of one person are now being replicated by people that are attacking my parents and my family because of my conduct.
“I am one of many children in a family raised with standards of decency and strong values of which my recent conduct has fallen short. I appreciate the time that friends and loved ones have taken to show me the error of my ways.
“I apologise to the general public in recognition of the duty to acknowledge wrongdoing and strive to be better.”
India executed four men on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion.
The four were hanged before dawn at Tihar Jail in the Indian capital, prison chief Sandeep Goel told AFP.
“The beasts have been hanged,” the victim’s mother told reporters outside the jail.
The brutal attack on Jyoti Singh sparked weeks of demonstrations and shone a spotlight on the alarming rates of sexual violence and the plight of women in India, where around 95 rapes are reported daily.
“We are satisfied that finally my daughter got justice after seven years,” Singh’s mother Asha Devi said, as a small crowd celebrated outside the prison.
“Today all Indian women received justice,” Delhi resident Meena Sharma told AFP, clutching an Indian flag.
“I came here around 3:00 am in the morning. I waited here as today is a great day for us.”
Celebrations were also held in Singh’s ancestral village in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where her extended family members exchanged sweets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the execution on Twitter, saying “justice has prevailed”.
“It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women,” he tweeted.
Many of his cabinet colleagues also expressed their satisfaction.
But the European Union, while condemning the “heinous” crime, reiterated its opposition to executions, calling it a “cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent”.
Rights Group Amnesty India called the executions another “dark stain” on India’s record.
They were India’s first executions since 2015.
Singh, 23, was returning home from the cinema with a male friend at night on December 16, 2012 when they boarded a Delhi bus, thinking it would take them home.
Five men and a 17-year-old aboard the vehicle knocked the friend unconscious and dragged Singh to the back of the bus before raping and torturing her with a metal rod.
The physiotherapy student and the friend were then dumped on the road. Singh died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from massive internal injuries.
“A decent girl won’t roam about at 9 pm,” one of the perpetrators later told a BBC documentary that was banned in India.
The saga was also turned into an awarding-winning Netflix mini-series reconstructing the police investigation.
Nearly 34,000 rapes were reported in India in 2018, according to official data. This is considered the tip of the iceberg, with many more victims too scared to come forward.
But Singh’s ordeal, and the fact that she was part of a generation of young women trying to break out of a still very traditional society, struck a chord.
“It was like the bursting of a dam,” said Kavita Krishnan, an activist who took part in the huge protests.
“It was not restricted to seeking revenge. Women said they do not want to trade their freedom for safety… There was a social awakening of society,” she told AFP before the hangings.
The uproar over the case led to tougher punishments for rapists including the death penalty for repeat offenders.
Singh, nicknamed “Nirbhaya” (“fearless”), survived long enough to identify her attackers and all six were arrested. Four were convicted in 2013.
A fifth, the suspected ringleader, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while the 17-year-old spent three years in a juvenile detention centre.
India “has given a strong message to rapists that if you commit this crime you will be hanged,” tweeted Swati Maliwal, of the Delhi Commission for Women.
But for Krishnan, the executions masked the continued failure to provide justice and improve safety for women in the world’s biggest democracy.
Almost 150,000 rape cases are awaiting trial in India’s dysfunctional criminal justice system.
The government is “trying to fix the public gaze on the gallows to divert attention away from what it has failed to do”, Krishnan said.
A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has convicted and sentenced a former part-time lecturer, Afeez Baruwa, to 21 years imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old girl who was seeking admission into the university.
Baruwa was convicted on one count of rape leveled against him by the state government.
The convict was said to have raped the victim inside a study room when she was seeking admission into the university.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso who delivered the judgment on Thursday held that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and, therefore, found the defendant guilty of the charge.
The defence counsel, in his allocutus (plea for mercy before sentence), said that rape was an offence of life imprisonment if found guilty.
He, therefore, asked the court to temper justice with mercy.
He also said that the convict was a first time offender, a married man with four kids and aged parents, all of whom he has to cater for.
In her sentence, Justice Oyefeso said she “cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl”.
“The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God,” she said.
The judge subsequently sentenced the convict to 21 years imprisonment.
The prosecution had alleged that the former lecturer raped the teenager at 9.25am on July 23, 2015, in Room 8 at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building of UNILAG.
The victim’s father who was a friend of the lecturer had sought his help to secure admission for his daughter into the institution.
The rape was said to have occurred when she was in Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.
Four prosecution witnesses had testified during Baruwa’s trial, including the complainant, her father, a medical doctor, and the investigating police officer.
The prosecution closed its case against the lecturer on January 23, 2018.
Baruwa testified solely in his defence, claiming that the complainant was his girlfriend and that he had consensual sexual intercourse with her.
He also alleged that the girl had seduced him in his office on the day the crime was committed.
“The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, who says Harvey Weinstein raped her in the 1990s, was called to give evidence in his trial Thursday as prosecutors try to prove the fallen movie mogul was a sexual predator.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping actress Jessica Mann, in the high-profile proceedings seen as key to the #MeToo movement.
Sciorra, best known for her role as Gloria Trillo in American mob drama “The Sopranos,” alleges that Weinstein raped her in her New York apartment on an unknown date sometime in the winter of 1993-94.
Her allegation is too old to be included on the charge sheet but the prosecution has called her as a witness to support a charge of predatory sexual assault.
That charge, which requires prosecutors to prove he sexually assaulted at least two people, carries possible life imprisonment.
In opening arguments, Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast, told the court that Weinstein “violently” raped Sciorra after forcing his way into her home in Manhattan.
He then forcibly performed oral sex on the actress, the prosecution said.
The attack left her “emotionally and physically destroyed” and led her to drink and even cutting herself, Hast added.
Sciorra was too scared to tell the police, the prosecutor said and did not reveal the alleged assault publicly until October 2017 when her account was published in The New Yorker magazine.
Hast also told the court that Weinstein turned up at Sciorra’s hotel room in Cannes in 1997 wearing just his underwear while carrying a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a video cassette in the other.
Weinstein’s defence attorneys are expected to ferociously challenge Sciorra’s account.
During opening arguments, lawyer Damon Cheronis said there was no evidence of the alleged attack.
“Because there is no date given we can’t interview people to find out where Harvey Weinstein was that day. We can’t interview neighbours,” he told the court.
Cheronis said Sciorra once told a friend she “did a crazy thing” with Weinstein.
“She didn’t describe it as rape because it wasn’t,” he said.
American pop star Lady Gaga has said she struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of multiple sexual assaults when she was 19.
Lady Gaga made the comment during an interview with Oprah last weekend.
“I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old,” she said. “And I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and not being able to process that trauma.
“I did not have anyone to help me, I didn’t have a therapist, I did not have a psychiatrist, I did not have a doctor help me through it; I just, all of a sudden, became a star, and was travelling the world going from hotel rooms to . . . stage. I never dealt with it.”
An Indonesian student described as Britain’s most prolific rapist was jailed for life on Monday for a catalogue of sex offences on unsuspecting men he drugged and assaulted.
Manchester Crown Court in northwest England was told Reynhard Sinaga may have attacked as many as 195 men, luring them into his flat with the offer of a place to stay or alcohol.
Judge Suzanne Goddard described the 36-year-old from Indonesia’s Jambi province as “an evil sexual predator” who preyed on drunken young men on nights out.
He is thought to have used sedatives to render his victims unconscious before filming the attacks. Most knew nothing about the assaults. He was caught only when one victim woke up.
“One of your victims described you as a monster,” Goddard said. “The scale and enormity of your offending confirms this as an accurate description.”
She recommended he serve at least 30 years behind bars.
Sinaga was convicted of 159 offences, including 136 rapes and eight attempted rapes, at four separate trials, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The first trial began in June 2018. The last ended last December. None could be reported until restrictions imposed to avoid prejudicing juries were lifted on Monday.
The CPS said Sinaga was suspected of attacking “scores” more men since he moved to Britain in 2007, calling him “the worst-known sex offender in the country’s history”.
The deputy chief crown prosecutor for northwest England, Ian Rushton, said: “Reynhard Sinaga is the most prolific rapist in British legal history.”
“His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering tally had he not been caught.
“Sinaga’s unthreatening demeanour duped these young men — many of whom thanked him for his kindness in offering them a place to stay — into thinking this monster was a Good Samaritan.
“But once back at his flat he used victims as objects purely for his own gratification — then appears to have derived further twisted pleasure from re-watching his films in court and putting victims through the trauma of giving evidence.”
Sinaga, a slightly built, young-looking doctorate student, had claimed his mainly heterosexual victims were acting out his sexual fantasy to play dead during intercourse.
But four trial juries rejected his defence and a character testimony from a local church he had attended in Manchester.
He was arrested in 2017 after the victim who woke up managed to snatch his mobile phone and took it to police.
The CPS said detectives discovered 3.29 terabytes of graphic material of the sexual assaults equivalent to 250 DVDs or 300,000 photos. One of the assaults lasted for eight hours.
A court in Cyprus on Monday found a British woman guilty of falsely claiming she was gang-raped by a group of Israeli tourists in the resort of Ayia Napa.
Sentencing was adjourned until January 7.
The woman, who was 19 at the time of the incident in July, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of “public mischief”, which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of around 1,700 euros.
“The statements you have given were false,” the judge told the defendant in remarks translated by the court interpreter.
She appeared frustrated by the delay to the sentencing, telling her lawyer: “He already made his decision! I thought we were asking for a fine.”
More than a dozen women from an association for the protection of women attended court wearing white scarves with an image of lips sewn shut printed on them.
The woman’s lawyers had claimed she was pressured into signing a statement written by a detective.
The judge said during the trial that police had acted properly at all times, with no pressure exerted to change the woman’s mind about her initial claim she was raped by 12 Israelis on July 17.
The Israelis, aged 15 to 18, were released without charge the same month after the woman was arrested on suspicion of making a false statement.
Rights groups argued the teenager has suffered humiliation and been mistreated by the police and media.
They have called for an investigation into police handling of the case and criticised the way rape cases and victims are treated in Cyprus.