The Second Judicial Circuit Court has sentenced a 19-year-old man to 40 years imprisonment for raping a 13-year-girl in Grand Bassa.
Following the completion of a national conference aimed at addressing an epidemic of sexual and gender-based violence, President George M. Weah has declared rape a national emergency.
The second and last day of a national conference on sexual and gender-based violence ended on September 9 with recommendations from attendees added to a roadmap that had already been crafted by an inter-ministerial committee.
The Liberian government has begun a planned national conference on rapes and other sexual and gender-based crimes.
Days after three days of anti-rape protests by hundreds of Liberians, the government has announced it will hold a two-day national conference to discuss sexual and gender-based violence.
Six international organizations working in Liberia have expressed support of solidarity for the anti-rape campaign currently ongoing in the country. The organizations include the International Rescue Committee, Kvinna till Kvinna, Oxfam, Plan International, ActionAid, and medica Liberia.
As anti-rape protesters pressured the government to take meaningful measures to control a drastic increase in rape cases, many government supporters are driving the narrative that the protests were politically motivated.
My simple or perhaps strong message to the anti-rape campaigners and all other contemporary self-styled Liberian advocates is this: the sooner you shed your ill-will and bad blood towards this president, keeping out of your advocacies and protests vile perceptions and often the misjudgments about his right and his ability to preside over this country as the president, the better.