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Jatu walked out onto the dark road and was met by the two boys who said they had paid her friend to “have” her. “I say to my grandma, ‘Forget about it.’”That was Jatu’s first taste of life on the street.Before she could argue, one held his hand over her mouth, as they both dragged her behind a car and raped her. Jatu and her grandmother went to the police to report the attack, and were asked for 1,000 Liberian dollars (around USD) to register the case. Back then she was “forced,” but soon she started to hustle on corners “willingly,” and was paid for sex.More significantly, 93 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls agreed, “Sometimes girls do things to make sexual violence and abuse happen.”Under the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected woman president, numerous progressive policies targeted at improving the lives of women and girls have been developed.
A study funded by IBIS, a Danish non-governmental organization, that focused on sexual and gender-based violence among schoolchildren in Liberia, found that 18 percent of girls and 13 percent of boys reported having been asked for sex for a better grade and many boys and girls agreed with the statement that men were superior to women and violence was a normal part of sexual relationships.
As the girls pass, she turns her head to hide the scars carved into the left side of her face, neck and shoulders that have grown with her since she was mowed down by a taxi at the age of 8. In recent weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on the horrific kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls in a remote corner of Nigeria.
It has been shocked by the death sentence handed down by a Sudanese sharia court against a woman who is eight months pregnant for the crime of “apostasy.” But even in African nations that have adopted policies and laws aimed at empowering and protecting women and girls, violence against them remains a major challenge.
Some lived on the streets, but the majority lived with their families or aunties and extended families and spent time sleeping at their friends’ places who had their own rooms.
Few said their mothers or family members knew what they did, and they told their mothers and aunts they received money from an “uncle,” a “friend,” or a “friend’s dad.” Many of them had dropped out of school saying they could not afford to pay school fees.