Niamh Griffin travelled to Sierra Leone in September 2013 to explore how women and men are tackling sexual violence. High rates of these crimes in Sierra Leone are a sad legacy of a brutal decade-long civil war which ended in 2002, leaving thousands mentally and physically scarred.
She met with people determined to change this, visiting rape crisis centres known as Rainbo Centres. They are funded by Irish Aid, and run by American NGO International Recue Committee with local group The Rainbo Initiative. She also spoke with police officers in sexual assault units, male former offenders as well as judges and prison officers to understand how rape is being fought on all levels.
Her trip for NearFM was funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund