Two counselors from the Ghana HIV and AIDS Network (GHANET), a major civil society organization (CSO) fighting HIV and AIDS in Ghana, have urged men to resist the social norm by speaking out when they are abused by their spouses or partners.
The two feel males should break their silence and seek treatment, regardless of how society regards them.
Prince Amugi Nmai, an assistant counselor, stated that one of the primary reasons men are unwilling to disclose abuse is that society perceives males to be powerful.
He stated that reporting abuse requires guts.
He claimed that males who report such incidents and speak out against injustices perpetrated by women are viewed as weak.
He did, however, emphasize the need of males speaking out against women who mistreat them.
“It takes a courageous man to speak up against abuse. They allow society to determine how they should endure these abuses. We will, however, encourage our men to be bold, break the silence, and seek help when they are being abused by their spouses or partners.”
He stated that some are abused by their partners, and when questioned, they blame various things, including accidents.
Joana Amoo, the main counsellor, explained that males are less likely to disclose these incidents since women are more often recognized to be victims of marital violence, making documented cases of husband abuse nearly nonexistent.
She went on to say that intimate partner violence has significant effects, including emotional trauma, physical assault, mental instability, and, in some circumstances, death.
She stated that abuse might render the victim unproductive, cause major health issues, and even harm the victim’s connection with their children.
She stated that some people have experienced psychological consequences and have ended themselves in psychiatric hospitals.
The two appeared on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM’s Frontline, hosted by Kwabena Agyapong.
She explained that because of the way our culture is structured and how boys and men are raised, they are rarely encouraged to speak up or seek assistance when needed. To survive, they must break the stillness.
GHANET includes approximately 250 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as members and is present in all 16 regions of Ghana.
GHANET is a member of the Governing Board of the Ghana AIDS Commission (which reports to the President of the Republic of Ghana), as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).