“The man who did this to me is now in jail for a sentence of 14 years. My only worry is him coming out before this time,” said Mary, sharing that while pleased with the outcome, she still is dealing with stigmatization from coming forward. She hopes that, if anything, women in her area know they can come to her to get help reporting their own cases and bringing them before the court.
“I had to do it. I had to stop this. If more women know that you can take this case to court and get a sentence, and other remedies such as compensation, maybe more will come forward,” she said.
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UNDP’s Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Strengthening programme aims to strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system to provide inclusive, effective and equitable services that can ensure increased access to justice for the vast majority of citizens of South Sudan, especially the vulnerable groups such as women and children.
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