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Rape victims in Ghana are being pressured to pay two months wages for a clinical exams

Reporting rape is annoying for anyone,  however  having to pay two months' wages to entire  the  clinical structure prevents many in Ghana from in such of  justice,  stated a main actor whose  marketing campaign to waive expenses has reached the presidential palace.

British-Ghanaian actor Ama K. Abebrese – who starred with Idris Elba in the award-winning 2015 drama Beasts of No Nation – started out a petition after listening to  about the prohibitive  costs in the West African kingdom the place  rape convictions are rare.

The minimal doctor's price for filling out a police clinical shape is 300 cedi (£40) – twice the common month-to-month  profits of casual  workers, stated Ms Abebrese, one of Ghana's most influential TV hosts who started  out as a youngster presenter in London.

“If you cannot come up with the money for it, it is nearly like you are denied justice on the  groundwork of money,” stated Ms Abebrese, whose petition has attracted extra than 14,000 signatures in a month.

“If you do not get that clinical report, essentially, the case to prosecute dies proper there and then.”

Rape, sexual assault and home violence are extensively underreported in Ghana and the police lack ability to efficaciously look at cases, which can take years to attain court, in accordance to women's rights groups.

Community leaders once in a while negotiate for rapists to pay compensation to victims'  households however they have come below  fireplace in current years for now not taking the crime severely enough.

Ms Abebrese stated she used to be hopeful that the authorities would scrap the clinical expenses  after she met with Ghana's first woman  Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who stated the president had been made conscious of the situation, and with gender minister Cynthia Morrison.

A gender ministry spokesperson informed the Thomson Reuters Foundation that they had been “working on it”.

Police spokesperson Sheilla Abayie-Buckman  stated many human beings  should  now not  come up with the money for  to entire  the  clinical  form.

“It is pretty high price for an regular person. I wager no longer extra than 50 per cent are in a position to manage to pay for(it)” started Ms Abayie-Buckman, who was once unable to grant  records on rape reports.

Doctors cost 300 to 800 cedi (£40 to £106) to fill out police clinical varieties and 1,000 to 2,000 cedi (£133 to £266) for giving a clinical opinion for prison purposes, in accordance to a Ghana Medical Association (GMA) record viewed by way of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Frank Ankobea, president of the GMA, which represents medics and units the fees,  stated  they had been  imperative to  cowl doctors' transport and costs if known as  to court.

“Professionals cost that and it is so with all different professions,” he said, adding, “the authorities can soak up (the cost) and make positive all these provisions are made.”

Since beginning the campaign, Ms Abebrese  stated she has acquired dozens of calls from victims of sexual assault who have been unable to are looking for justice due to the fact of the cost.

“(For) so many people, their instances have been in no way prosecuted, it has honestly  opened my eyes,” she said.

“You assume you have an thinking however you have no thinking the magnitude,” stated Ms Abebrese, who lately known as for a relationship professional who stated in an interview that “every rape sufferer enjoys the act” to be banned from Ghanaian television.

Most Ghanaians trust that ladies are to blame for rape if they put on revealing clothes, in accordance to a authorities survey.

Rape victims additionally battle to get entry to  justice in different African countries, stated  Jean-Paul Murunga, a Nairobi-based programme officer for the women's rights crew  Equality Now.

He stated that rape survivors in Kenya have to pay $10 (£7.6) to $15 (£11.5) for a scientific file  and free post-rape care is solely accessible in centres run with the aid of charities in many countries.

Mr Murunga known as  on African governments to stay  up to legally binding promises, made in a pan-African women's rights pact acknowledged  as the Maputo Protocol, to make certain get admission  to justice.

“The protocol ... obliges African states to grant  budgetary and different sources  for stopping  and eradicating violence towards women,” he said. “This is but to be realised.”

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