The officer in charge of the Family Support Unit (FSU) in Kenema, Esther Kamara, has told Awoko that domestic violence is on the increase while teenage pregnancy is fluctuating.
She said, “such cases are hardly charged to court because of lack of medical evidence on the part of victims”.
“The victims hardly return to the station when issued with medical forms. Some say because they cannot afford to foot the medical bill at the hospital,” she noted.
Madam Kamara disclosed that, “the wave of teenage pregnancy is more on the increase during long vacations and most of the problems arise as a result of concessional sex. Such cases are also not usually charged to court because there is usually a compromise between the parties. One party usually denies taking responsibility for the pregnancy.
We usually send such matters to the regional office of the ministry of youth and sports, gender and children’s affairs”.
She said about 20 cases had been reported to them this year.