Walk The Talk
There has been an influx of saddening stories in the news about sexual violence. In its wake, we have witnessed how victims as young as 8 months old have been betrayed by their mothers, society and institutions entrusted to protect them. One of these tragic stories is of a local Malawian girl of 13 years old was who was sexually abused by her step-father. When she reported the case to her mother, she was chased away from her home and the mother chose to shield her husband from the law. Unfortunately, this is merely one straw in the haystack and when such cases are reported and the news breaks, everyone is outraged and pushes for justice on behalf of the victim. Everyone wants the the perpetrator locked up until the “perpetrator” is their father, their brother, their priest, someone they personally know or someone with a high social standing. It’s hypocritical.
Numerous scenarios have occurred where, individuals and institutions have deliberately chosen to stay silent in cases of sexual abuse if the perpetrator happens to be their source of income or influence. Most times, these institutions or individuals bury these reports, delay the investigations or whitewash the abuse. Recently, we have heard of the case of a former Director General of Malawi Broadcasting Station, Mr Aubrey Sumbuleta who preyed on women for more than 4 years. According to the report by Malawi Human Rights Commission, the victims had been reporting him to the authorities, however nothing was done to address the problem.