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Sierra Leone: "The girls are being blamed" - IRC in the New York Times
October 9, 2011 by Kate Sands Adams
"The girls are being blamed. If a girl is raped and she’s above 5, then it’s the way she was dressed. But we’ve had a girl of 2-and-a-half months who was raped. Was it the way her mom put her diaper on?”
-- The International Rescue Committee's Amie Kandeh, who runs women's programs in an IRC-run rape center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, speaking with award-winning journalist Nicholas D. Kristof. More than one-quarter of the rape victims the center treats are 11 years old or younger.
Read Kristof's stunning Sunday New York Times column for the full story: "In This Rape Center, the Patient Was 3"