Senior Police officer training on sexual and gender-based violence at ICRH Kenya

Almost 30% of young women in Kenya report to have experienced sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) at least once in their lifetimes. ICRHK has supported the SGBV center at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, a national referral hospital with a catchment population of over one million people, for over a decade. Since then, over 7,000 survivors have received post-SV care at the center. From a cross sectional survey conducted by ICRHK in August this year, more than half of young people aged 12 to 17 years reported that they would be afraid to report sexual violence to the police because they were afraid of how it would be perceived. To improve police response, and in response to findings from this survey, ICRHK trained over 25 senior police officers on SGBV in December 2019. The training was supported by AmplifyChange, an organization committed to creating awareness on sexual violence. In January 2020, ICRHK will support training for 50 police officers from Mombasa County.