What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.

IN

ZAMBIA

89%

of reported sexual abuse cases involve children

50%

of young women have their first sexual encounter through rape

46%

of girls get married before 18
IN

KENYA

33%

of girls experience
sexual violence 
before they turn 18

23%

of girls get married before 18

EVERY

30 MINUTES

a woman is raped
IN

ZAMBIA

89%

of reported sexual abuse cases involve children

50%

of young women have their first sexual encounter through rape

46%

of girls get married before 18
IN

KENYA

33%

of girls experience
sexual violence 
before they turn 18

23%

of girls get married before 18

EVERY

30 MINUTES

a woman is raped
IN

KENYA

33%

of girls experience sexual violence before they turn 18

23%

of girls get married before 18

EVERY

30

MINUTES

a woman is raped
IN

ZAMBIA

89%

of reported sexual abuse cases involve children

50%

of young women have their first sexual encounter through rape

46%

of girls get married before 18

The Issue

There is a direct link between lack of access to education and sexual violence.
In communities of poverty, girls are vulnerable to:

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CHILD MARRIAGE & EARLY PREGNANCIES

In some tribes, girls are married off as early as age 10 in exchange for dowry. In the majority world, up to 50% of girls will have a child before they reach 18.

Source: UNFPA

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FORCED LABOR

Girls are often forced into work after primary school. Family pressures force girls into laborious work including hawking, laundry washing, housegirl work, and prostitution
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SEXUAL ASSAULT

Girls are often lured into being raped in exchange for candy or food. In schools where teachers are not educated about gender equity, girls are often bribed to exchange sex for good grades. Sexual violence in schools often forces girls to drop out.

Access to education prevents young women from the vulnerabilities of poverty.

Without an education, girls in poverty are often expected to hustle on the streets, earn income through prostitution, or get married as a child.

Freely in Hope works to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse through holistic education, leadership development, and storytelling platforms.

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Poverty was my main issue that made me vulnerable to sexual violence — I come from a community where girls marry as young as 8. Prostitution and HIV is also very common in my community. Because I didn’t have school fees, I almost dropped out of school and not having an education greatly increased my vulnerability as a girl child…

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