Train Sudan police on child sex abuse

Train Sudan police on child sex abuse

TORONTO — UNICEF concluded a three-day training session of Sudanese police officers designed to assist them in investigating cases of rape of children. This initiative is the first of its kind and aims to sensitize police and other law enforcement officials on how to interview children who have endured sexual violence, which is a culmination of a series of assaults on their dignity.

David Agnew, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada, visited Darfur recently and states: “Helping children heal, both physically and psychologically, is a priority for UNICEF. It is critical that people talking with children who have been raped or sexually abused are equipped with the right skills and sensitivity.”

Agnew adds that other vital steps include trauma counselling, recreation and getting children into school to give them a reassuring sense of normalcy in the midst of chaos.

Two experienced Jordanian police officers–one man and one woman–took part in the training of their Sudanese counterparts.

UNICEF is calling upon the government of Sudan to protect children from violence.


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