To go with AFP STORY BY ZOOM DOSSO - A 15 year old woman seeking medical treatment waits at the Doctors Without Boarders (MSF) clinic in Monrovia on November 30, 2009 after being raped. In Liberia where rape is surrounded by social taboos medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is trying to get victims to come forward and get treatment after their ordeal.  AFP PHOTO / Glenna Gordon (Photo credit should read GLENNA GORDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Holding A Pastor Accused Of Defiling A Girl In His Church

The police are investigating an operator of a children’s home who has been accused of sexually exploiting an 18 year-old woman.

The middle aged man who is also a pastor is accused of taking advantage of the girl who comes from a poor home and was seeking school fees to join a boarding school from a day secondary school.

It is said the pastor visited the girl’s home in December and asked her mother to allow her to visit the children home saying he would help her access bursary.

Explaining her ordeal, the girl narrated how the pastor forced her to have sexual intercourse inside his church and at the children’s home numerous times.

The girl noted that she had lived in the home when she was 6 years old but left after the pastor starting making sexual advances four years later.

“He took advantage of my poverty to abuse me and did not help me,” she said.

Her mother said the girl went to the children’s home on December 23 and stayed there for several days after the pastor pledged to help her join a boarding secondary school.

After she came back, the mother said, she explained what had transpired, saying it is unfortunate that the pastor had taken advantage of their poor state to exploit her daughter.

” I have really struggled to raise my five children since the death of my husband as a casual labourer. I keep asking myself why the pastor chose to do that to my fourth born daughter,” she added.

Kangema Sub County Children Officer and area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) confirmed having recieved the complaints as well as the area chief.

The Children Officer Charles Maina said investigations have been launched into the matter saying it is sensitive considering the pastor has other children under his care.

He offered to provide protection to the victim saying if the allegations are confirmed to be true, the children’s home will be closed down and alternative shelter sought for the children.

ALICE WAITHERA

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