This trauma has been reinforced by well-founded fears that husbands, family members, and communities would reject survivors if they disclosed that they had been sexually assaulted.Most sexual violence victims interviewed for this report expressed a lack of confidence in the police, largely because of their history of human rights abuses.It demonstrates the Kenyan state’s/authorities’ failure to prevent election-related sexual violence, properly investigate cases, hold perpetrators accountable, and ensure survivors of sexual violence have access to comprehensive, quality, and timely post-rape care.
She said they never reported the sexual assault to the authorities: “I did not go to the police because even in 2007 we were abused by the police and we were told by police, ‘you cannot report the government to the government.’” She told Human Rights Watch that she has struggled mentally since the latest rape and that she drinks alcohol to get by: “You have to drink so that you can remove the stress and sleep.She is one of the few survivors who sought medical treatment immediately after the rape, but says she continues to experience chronic and incapacitating health problems including back pain, pain when passing stool and injuries to her left ear—that she says does not hear well since the attack. I was fighting him, but he kicked me, slapped me hard on the face, and raped me as the others were watching. —Mary Awiti, Kisumu, October 2, 2017 Mercy Maina told Human Rights Watch that she was raped by police during the 2007-2008 post-election violence together with her friend, Irene Mukami, who later committed suicide because of trauma.She stopped working and is struggling to provide for herself and her three young children. Mercy became pregnant and is now raising her daughter, about whom she says: “It took the grace of God to accept her.” She has stomach ulcers which she links to the stress of that rape.Most of the incidents of sexual violence documented in this report occurred in August, after President Uhuru was announced as the winner of the presidential race.We also documented cases following the October election, and seven cases of politically motivated pre-election sexual assaults.