HRCSL takes Sexual Offences Act to Moa Wharf
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
In observance of this year’s Sixteen (16) Days of Activism on rape and gender based violence; the Human Rights Commission of Sierra (HRCSL) has continued its community engagement on the Sexual Offences Act of 2012 as amended in 2019
On Thursday December 3, 2020, the commission educated residents of Moa Wharf Community, east of Freetown on provisions in the newly amended of 2019.
The commission’s Director of Gender, Gloria Bayoh, spoke highly of the sixteen days of activism, and also introduced the Sexual Offences amended act of 2019 and also explained key components in the said Act.
She reiterated the importance for these laws in the fight against rape and sexual penetration and commended government for enacting them. According to her, the act is geared towards protecting the human rights of women and girls, especially on rape and sexual violence.
Also speaking, Commissioner Hassan Samba Yarjah stated that human rights is the most misunderstood concept, especially in a country like Sierra Leone, adding, “Some people misbehave with the notion that it is their human right.”
According to him, human right is not a Whiteman’s concept but from God, whom he said is the first defender of human right.
He said government has the responsibility to protect the rights of everyone, but stressed that rights goes with responsibility and therefore called on the community people to be careful with regards their dealings and activities with fellow men.
He urged residents who were present to use the knowledge gain to impact others positively.
Youth Chairman, Moa Wharf Community, Musa S. Kamara, urged residents to deviate from sexual penetration, which he acknowledged is on the increase and noted that men are always involve in sexual penetration of a child.
A resident of Moa Wharf Community, Aminata Koroma said: “I have never been opportune to understand some aspect of the Sexual Offences Act. I am very much grateful to the commission for this engagement and I hope to educate those that are not present here.”
On his part, Sahid Kamara said he had been listening about the said act on radio, but appreciated the face to face lectures which has giving him a better understanding of the act.