Sierra Leoneans are calling on government to do more to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), a new Afrobarometer survey shows.
Albeit President Bio’s declaration that rape is a public emergency including set policies and infrastructures, rape and other forms of sexual violence continue to snowball.
According to the survey, 93% of Sierra Leoneans approve of government’s deceleration while 89% believe that tougher stands and the new, harsher punishments will help reduce sexual violence.
However, 7 out of 1O say that these changes will not be enough to solve the problem of rape and sexual assault, and that government should do more to educate people in order to change sexual attitudes and behaviours.
Key findings of the survey show that 91% of Sierra Leoneans are aware of the president’s deceleration on rape, while 86% are aware of the Sexual Offences Act.
It also shows that awareness is higher among men and urban residents than women and rural dwellers, and increases with an individual’s level of education.