Sexual Offenders to Be Rehabilitated After Jail Term

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According to Byamukama, offenders such as rapists and defilers need to undergo counseling to understand that gender based violence is inhuman and as such become ambassadors in fighting the vice.

Government has drafted a program that will see Sexual and Gender based violence offenders undergo psycho social support immediately after serving their jail term, URN has learnt.

 
Nathan Byamukama, the Director of International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Training Facility, says some of the offenders repeat the same crimes once they are discharged from jail.

 
According to Byamukama, offenders such as rapists and defilers need to undergo counseling to understand that gender based violence is inhuman and as such become ambassadors in fighting the vice.
 

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According to Byamukama, they have already identified more than 4000 sexual offenders in Luzira Prison who will be rehabilitated in the next coming six months. The program will also be implemented in ten other countries that signed the Kampala declaration in 2011, which aims at reducing sexual and gender based violence.
 



The member states include, Uganda, Angola, Burundi,Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. Eunice Musiime the Executive director of Akina Mama wa Afrika-a community based Charity group says Uganda needs a comprehensive strategy for psycho-social support for sexual offenders.


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Musiime says efforts to fight gender based violence are visible notes since the signing of the Kampala declaration. She cites the passing of laws such as Domestic Violence Act and Children Trafficking Act among others.

 
She however says that there is need for more resources and commitment to create special courts to handle gender based violence cases such that victims get timely justice.
Byamukama also adds that Uganda has to emulate other countries such as Rwanda and Burundi which have created special courts that handle cases of sexual violence.

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According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011, 56% of women in Uganda have experienced physical violence at some point since the age of 15 years. 28% of women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence and 16 % have experienced violence during pregnancy.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
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The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).