IJM Trains Rwandan Judges and Prosecutors on Best Practices for Child Sexual Assault Cases

IJM led a three-day training for Rwandan judges and prosecutors on best practices for handling cases of child sexual assault.
IJM led a three-day training for Rwandan judges and prosecutors on best practices for handling cases of child sexual assault.

KIGALI, RWANDA – This month, IJM Rwanda trained thirty-five Rwandan judges and prosecutors on best practices for handling cases of child sexual assault.

IJM staff led sessions on investigations, evidence collection, forensic interview techniques and the importance of including medical evidence in cases of sexual violence against children. The three-day training was held at the Institute for Legal Practice and Development.

"The feedback we received from these prosecutors and judges is that they now feel more equipped to effectively handle cases of child sexual assault," said IJM Rwanda Field Office Director, Lane Mears. He added, "Plus, we believe that as a result of this training, those who have suffered sexual assault will have a better experience with the Rwandan criminal justice system."

Read more about the training in a Rwandan news article.

Africa, Sexual Violence