Gender Ministry Condemns Rape of a 16 Year-old Allegedly By SOS Children's Villages National Director 

Gender Ministry Condemns Rape of a 16 Year-old Allegedly By SOS Children's Villages National Director 
 
 
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection welcomes the ongoing rape investigation allegedly committed by SOS Children's Villages National Director Augustine A. Alieu.
 
The Ministry finds the alledged act by the Institution's Director disturbing, disgusting, distressing and a distasteful act that must be condemned by all.
 
This unacceptable act allegedly committed by Augustine further undermines the fight against rape and a set back to the country in achieving goal 5 (Gender Equality) of the sustainable development goals which highlights the urgent need to ending violence and exploitation of women and girls.
 
What is even more appalling is the fact that the alleged perpetrator heads an Institution whose primary focus is the protection of children from all forms of violence including rape. This alleged act also undermines sexual and gender-based violence survivors and or vulnerable children's confidence in safe homes that are set aside to protect them.
 
The Ministry has gathered that the 16 years old survivor was a resident at the SOS Children's Villages, a safe home for underprivileged children and orphans in Montserrado County.
 
The alleged perpetrator Augustine A. Alieu is currently in the custodian of the Liberia National Police undergoing investigation.
 
The survivor was taken to a One Stop Center for medical check-up and treatment. Currently, she's undergoing psychosocial counseling by the Ministry's Social Workers.
 
Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry stresses that it will in collaboration with the Anti-SGVB Presidential Task Force inclusive of the Liberia National Police aggressively root out would be pedophiles and or rapists regardless of social status.
 
As an Institution responsible for the protection of women, girls, children and vulnerable people - we will firmly remain engaged until justice is impartially served.

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