According to UNICEF Uganda, 78% of primary school children and 82% of secondary school students say they have experienced sexual abuse at school.
Sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 18 is the second most common crime in Uganda (with close to 15,000 cases in 2018), but only four percent of the perpetrators are convicted. Tens of thousands of girls (and boys) suffer in silence and often in family situations, while perpetrators are not prosecuted. The fear that no one will believe the victim often leads to self-blame.
Janet Aguti was raped as a child at the age of eight by a close family friend. For over 17 years she did not have the courage to tell anyone. In the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) of Jangu e.V., she began to transform her past into a strength and founded the Totya Platform. "Totya" in Luganda means "Do not be afraid" and the platform supports women and men who have been sexually abused.
In self-help groups and through life coaching, incidents can be processed and emotional support and self-help tools are offered. The service is free and absolutely confidential. It is not therapy, but support, with the questions and problems of the person seeking help in the foreground and where people who have transformed their own experiences, are there for others.
In recent months, a free and anonymous hotline has been successfully set up in Uganda and after TV and radio appearances, as well as awareness work in communities, the service is strongly accepted. We need your support in order to be able to operate the Totya hotline on a permanent and ongoing basis.