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Three out of every Five Albertine Girls Practice Random Sex

This survey which also involved capturing views of parents and care takers on sexual reproductive health was conducted by the Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa (CESCRA) where researchers found up to 25% of girls don’t seek any kind of help either from the police, health facilities or local authorities when they are sexually violated.

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58.7% of girls and young women aged between 10 to 24 years living in Kikuube and Bullisa districts of the Albertine Region reveal engaging in casual sex, compared to 32% of their adult counterparts.

 Results of the survey released on Thursday afternoon show also that many teenagers end up as victims of non-consensual sex via rape and defilement.

This survey which also involved capturing views of parents and care takers on sexual reproductive health was conducted by the Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa (CESCRA) where researchers found up to 25% of girls don’t seek any kind of help either from the police, health facilities or local authorities when they are sexually violated.

James Mwirima, the consultant on this study told journalists that for the few non-consensual victims who reported, 12% didn’t get any form of help from where they ran to. The bigger number at 24% reported to the police whereas others reported to their parents and some to community leaders.

More respondents in Kikuube than Bullisa reported to be finding challenges in accessing sexual reproductive health services.

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The researchers also assessed what kind of sexual reproductive health services young people in those areas receive, their knowledge of sexual rights and what’s fueling the rampant early marriages and pregnancies in those areas. They found about 23% of adolescent girls to have already gotten married and 19% of girls aged 10 to 15 years had already got a pregnancy.

In the whole of Bunyoro region, Mwirima says the contraceptive use gap is 46% whereby young women who need family planning services don’t have access to the different modern methods.

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Pointing out that there is an information gap where health workers are not clear on what sexuality information to give out to what age groups of people, the expert calls for harmonization of sexual reproductive health information by the Ministry of Health such that the message delivered to young people is uniform whether it is given by government, civil society or church leaders.

When they visited health facilities, researchers say they found unclear information packages and yet many of their respondents that sought care reported having been counselled at the different health centers.

Responding to these findings, Agnes Kabajuni, the CESCRA Executive Director said that with continued infiltration of the community by different ethnicities working in the oil fields and refugees coupled with low education levels, government needs to invest more in sexuality education and behavioral change interventions. 

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Experts now worry that the current developments in the oil region may only make the problem of casual sex and teenage pregnancy worse.

 

However asked whether the rise in teenage pregnancies and casual sex in the Albertine is as a result of the urbanization that is coming with oil exploration, Annet Kabahaguzi, a Community Development Officer at Kikuube local government said actually they haven’t had any case involving a migrant worker.

She said just from January to August, the district recorded over a thousand girls aged below 18 years reporting for their first antenatal care clinic.

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