The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) condemns in the strongest possible term the immoral and inhumane action by a 43 year old Lebanese national Jaafar Bashir who has been charged by the Liberian National Police (LNP) for multiple criminal charges of statutory rape, including endangering welfare of children, and interfering with child custody, amongst others.
The Liberia Council of Churches in a release signed by its acting President Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown called on the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Branch of Government responsible for the adjudication of the case to ensure that justice is served to the affected children and their families who have been innocently abused by a Lebanese predator masked as a businessman who have sexually assaulted children between the ages of 4 and 14 years, to serve as a deterrence to other perpetrators of such terrible actions.
The Liberia Council of Churches calls on the Ministry of Gender, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the United Nations(UN) and other related agencies to ensure that the affected children are physically and psychologically cared for to enable them recover and lead normal peaceful lives again.
“This is important because it is believed that Ninety percent of teenagers involved in trading sex for money or survival needs (prostitutes) are survivors of sexual violence, such as incest and sexual assault, according to the Michigan Family Impact seminars on prostituted teens, 2002.
The LCC said an older study revealed that at least 65-75 percent of people engaged in prostitution were sexually abused as children.
The Liberia Council of Churches expresses strong support for the anti-rape campaign of the Ministry of Gender and looks forward to working with that Ministry and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia on ways to strengthen the involvement of the religious community in such national efforts aimed at securing the future of our children.
The Council admonishes the relevant government agencies to ensure that such campaigns are comprehensive and involving with clear targets to ensure immediate, inter-mediate and future results.
Concluding, the Liberia Council of Churches prays God’s blessings on the children of Liberia, children everywhere and the peace and tranquility of the nation.