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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Little voices, big message

A girl plays at the Brenda Boone Hope Center, a rescue centre for young rape victims managed by non-profit Ripples International, in Meru, Kenya.   South Sudan in photos

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Safe haven

Teen victims of rape care for their babies at the Brenda Boone Hope Centre in Meru, Kenya.   ELLE World: Coming home to South Sudan

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Tight security

Security is tight at the marathon in Meru, Kenya last September, which was held to raise awareness about sexual violence against children. It took place just one week after the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.   ELLE World: Saving lives in South Sudan

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Time for a hug

At the marathon, Toronto-based attorney and Equality Effect founder and executive director Fiona Sampson celebrates the day with a young victim.   ELLE World: Sewing, culture and traditions in Nunavut

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Racing for a cause

Nearing the finish line of a 5-kilometer event during the marathon, a young woman passes a banner developed by the Toronto office of advertising firm BBDO—it’s part of a public awareness campaign intended to stigmatize rape. ELLE World: Georgette Gagnon voice of the voiceless

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Safe at last

“Somebody grabbed me from nowhere and took me to his place” explains this thirteen-year old victim who was eleven when she was raped on her way home from her grandmother's house. For her safety, she attends boarding school with support from Ripples International and private donors.   ELLE World: Writing a new future for Afghanistan

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Catching up

Fiona Sampson speaks with a couple whose daughter was eight when she was raped by three neighbours. For the past two years, the victim's father, who is blind, has sought justice with little help from police.   ELLE World: A closer look at the clothing industry

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

In the garden

A rape victim tends to a vegetable garden in Meru, Kenya. When she was twelve, she was gathering firewood when she was raped by a stranger. The perpetrator was never charged due to lack of evidence. “Before I was defiled I lived without fear. But now I live in fear because I usually hear that the person is still around,” she says.   ELLE World: One woman's fight to end child executions

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

Barbed protection

Barbed wire surrounds the Brenda Boone Hope Center in Meru, Kenya to protect rape victims from their attackers.   ELLE World: Standing up for child rape victims

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ELLE World: ‘160 Girls’ speak out in Kenya

On guard

A female security guard records the arrival of a new rape victim at the Brenda Boone Hope Center in Meru, Kenya. ELLE World: The Indian organ trail

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