17th August, 2015: Freetown, Sierra Leone:
WIMSAL is appalled and disappointed by the news and information on various news outlets and social media of the alleged rape and murder case of a young female around Lumley beach in the early hours of Thursday 13th August 2015.
As a media group, we do not only advocate for the welfare of female journalists in the country, but also for the protection of women and girls. WIMSAL takes great exception to the way this information has been spread through various mediums, especially nude photos of the female victim, and call on the general public to adhere to the basic confidentiality and human rights provisions granted all citizens by our constitution.
WIMSAL also unequivocally, condemn this senseless and barbaric act of violence against this young female victim, and call for a speedy investigation, its report and perpetrators brought to justice. Rape continues to be continually perpetuated in the country, and WIMSAL is very concerned about the protection and dignity of other female citizens.
As a female media organization, we stand by other female groupings and institutions to condemn this act, and ready to provide the relevant media platforms that will ensure, advocacy efforts on this pathetic death episode is sustained and justice ensured for the good of all women in the country.
We call on the Police, the Judiciary and other relevant ministries, departments and agencies, to lead a coordinated effort that will ensure the dignity of women, and their security is restored and assured always.
WIMSAL will join Power Women 232 in the proposed candle light, vigil and procession, in honour of a dear sister and citizen.
We say “No” to violence against women. We say “No” to rape.
Asmaa Kamara James President
Women In The Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL)
C/O 1stFloor, 56 Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone P.M.B. 724,