Sexual Harassment Blamed on Lack of Parental Support

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Appearing before the committee, Professor Elly Katunguka, the Vice-chancellor Kyambogo University said the major problem leading to sexual harassment is the fact that girls in the University are not adequately supported by their parents, leading them to seek support from men.

Lack of parental support and drug abuse are to blame for increased sexual harassment in tertiary institutions. 

Public universities were on Tuesday appearing before the Parliamentary select committee investigating sexual harassment alongside the Ministry of Education officials led by the First Lady Janet Museveni.

Appearing before the committee, Professor Elly Katunguka, the Vice-chancellor Kyambogo University said the major problem leading to sexual harassment is the fact that girls in the University are not adequately supported by their parents, leading them to seek support from men.

He called for parents to adequately support the girls so they don't fall victim to sexual harassment.
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Professor Celestino Obua, the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST, says that there is a big problem of drug use. He explains that currently, three students are undergoing rehabilitation by Butabika Hospital suffering from drug abuse.

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Janet Museveni says there is need for collective action to stamp out sexual harassment.

She says the biggest problem is parents negotiating with perpetrators to conceal evidence.
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Mwine Mpaka, the Western Youth MP questioned the delegation from the Ministry over why head teachers and those in authority implicated for sexual harassment are not fired.

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