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Male survivors of GBV urged to report cases to police

Author: Malual Peter Atem | Published: Friday, January 20, 2023

Gender Based Violence Court premises in Juba. |3 December 2022 |Credit: Lou Nelson.

A gender expert has called on men and boys who are being subjected to GBV and domestic violence to report to the Police Special Protection Unit.

Sarah Diew Biel, a GBV and Protection Coordinator at Nile Hope Organization said the silent suffering of men due to fear of stigmatization is disheartening.

“We live in a very patriarchal society so it’s quite disheartening that men due to fear, stigmatization, and norms will never want to speak up about what is happening. So, in our safe house again going back to the guidelines,” she said.

Speaking on Thursday, she said there are specialized men at the Police Special Protection Units to help men who fear reporting to female social workers.

Diew also suggested that the church can play a vital role to help them if only they open up.

“My message to those men out there is kindly don’t suffer in silence. There are plenty of social workers around your communities. If you are not comfortable with a social worker because she is a lady, our male officers at the Special Protection Units have been trained apart from that we have the church as well you can go to the church they will listen to you.”

Diew made the remarks during the handing-over ceremony of Computer equipment including First aid kits to the Police Special Protection Unit in Juba on Thursday, January 19.

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