In Summary
  • Mr Mwiti was charged with 10 charges of sexually assaulting 10 girls aged between eight to eleven years.

  • He is also facing 10 alternative counts for unlawfully practising indecent acts with children.

  • According to a new report by the Women Educational Researchers of Kenya, sexual abuse meted against school children exists.

A Meru teacher was Tuesday charged with sexually assaulting 10 of his pupils barely a week after a report revealed that there is rampant sexual, physical and verbal assault of children in primary schools.

Mr Julius Mwiti, 45,  a teacher at Mugae Primary School appeared before the Meru principal magistrate Joseph Karanja and denied the charges.

Mr Mwiti was charged with 10 charges of sexually assaulting 10 girls aged between eight to eleven years and 10 alternative counts for unlawfully practising indecent acts with children.

The court heard that Mr Mwiti has been sexually assaulting the girls, mostly in Standard Four, since January this year with the most recent offence being committed on March 8 at the school in Rwarera location in Buuri district.

Mr Mwiti was released on Sh1 million bond with a surety of a similar amount and his case will be mentioned on March 24 while the hearing will be on July 13.

RAMPANT SEXUAL ABUSE

According to a new report by the Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK), Sexual Abuse of School Age Children: Evidence from Kenya, released this month sexual abuse meted against school children exists.

Worse still, teachers — the very people parents entrust with young ones — are one of the culprits in the sexual exploitation of children.

The WERK survey of 2,010 pupils in 79 public schools by Dr Sarah Ruto, found that nearly six in 10 children are verbally abused by their peers using words with sexual connation.

Additionally, while teachers constituted a mere 6% of sexual harassment perpetrators it is dizzyingly worrying that children themselves were the main culprits at 60% with neighbours coming a distance second with 16%.

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