Vice President Joseph Boakai says women and girls continue to suffer gender-based violence at all sectors of the society. He made the statement on Friday June 5, 2015 at the launch of the HeForShe campaign in Monrovia.
Liberia’s justice system still lags in dispensing justice for victims of sexual assaults. At the recent launch of the HeForShe campaign in Monrovia, Vice President Joseph Boakai publicly announced that women lacked access to justice and rule of law. Rape cases are on the rise in Liberia, with many perpetrators going free without prosecution.
Two officers of the Liberia National Police have been arrested and are undergoing investigation for their alleged involvement in the rape of a 16-year-old female in Southeastern Maryland County.
In the wake of increased cases of rape over the last two months, women’s rights groups are demanding the death sentence for convicted rapists.