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Concerns about fathers sleeping with daughters are expressed by members of the Essential Services Committee

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Concern over the rising number of fathers having affairs with their daughters in the Region has been voiced by members of the Western Regional Coordinating Council’s Essential Service Package Committee.

Apart from that, there have been reports of girls as young as 9 to 10 years old being sexually abused by their grandfather, stepfather, or uncle, leading to incest instances among families in the region.

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At their second meeting, the Committee Members discussed their concerns with the Western Regional Coordinating Council’s implementation of the United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence.

Mabel Araba Aikins, an official from the Office of the Attorney General and a committee member, spoke about a case of father-daughter abuse and urged the members of the committee to work together more closely in the future to cut down on the incidences.

She was also dissatisfied with the fact that family members who should have testified at the trial as important witnesses had never provided their full cooperation.

According to her, experience had also shown that more of these cases of abuse needed to be handled by female police officers and prosecutors in order to get the most information possible from the victims and support trials.

Mrs. Faustina Awortwe, the Western Regional Director of the Department of Children, observed that many young prostitutes were being born in communities to such dads who had abused children.”Our involvement with child prostitutes has revealed that children who have already been exposed to these abuses prefer to engage in the act outside of their homes for money as well.”

The lack of proper documentation by doctors who examined such abuse victims, cover-up games played by families, the gradual erosion of traditional and family values, and the need to return to certain cultural and social norms and values that prevented such ills in society were some other concerns raised by members of the Committee.

The Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service’s Western Regional Director, Ms. Setina Aboagye, emphasised the need for more male engagement in order to support their female counterparts’ reproductive and sexual rights and help them realise their full potential.

Additionally, she urged the creation of shelters for women who had been mistreated and required a safe refuge for care and security.

The Department of Gender’s Western Regional Director, Ms. Maribel Okine, stated that the multidisciplinary group will guarantee cross-agency advocacy for the protection of victims and survivors.

“Our sole purpose in being here is to facilitate conversations about safeguarding survivors and victims from further harm, to follow up on activities involving sexual and gender-based violence, and to see to it that victims are informed and empowered so as to prevent revictimization.”

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