Who is policing the police? A shocking video has surfaced showing Uganda police blatantly sexually assaulting a female politician before violently cramming her into a van and driving off.
The incident happened on April 20 during a peaceful protest, and the woman attacked is Ingrid Turinawe, Chairperson of the Women League of the Forum for Democratic Change. (click on the video above to see the disturbing assault).
Change.org wants the Uganda governement to step in and clean up their police force to prevent this kind of violence against women from happening again. For even though the officer who violated Turinawe reportedly has been suspended, other corruption still exist and citizens, especially women, are repeatedly abused.
Read the petition below created by Ugandan filmmaker and activist Zubedah Nanfuka and sign if you think Uganda needs urgent change to better protect women and their right to peacefully protest.
Zubedah has fought these abuses of power for years. But now that a high profile figure like Turinawe has been assaulted -- and it was caught on video -- she thinks global outcry can help show Ugandan officials that a uniform isn't a license for sexual assault.
Zubedah started a petition on Change.org calling on the Ugandan police to publicly apologize for Turinawe's assault and require anti-sexual assault training for all its officers. Click here to sign Zubedah's petition now.
At first, the Ugandan police denied that any officers had behaved inappropriately, or that a sexual assault had even taken place. But after the video of the assault went viral, causing a national outcry, the police suspended the officer involved.
Now, Zubedah thinks international pressure can create even more change in Uganda. Sexual assault by men in uniform has reached epidemic proportions in Uganda. But Zubedah has seen the impact popular outcry had on the police in the past few weeks.
The most important thing now, she says, is for individuals all around the world to help keep the spotlight on Turinawe's videotaped assault and the Ugandan government's response in order to tackle this issue at its core.
Ugandan women activists like Zubedah have been fighting hard to confront sexual violence perpetrated by men in uniform. A flood of supportive messages from around the world could push the police to make real policy changes -- and even impact the frequency and number of sexual assaults committed by other uniformed officers, like soldiers, in Uganda.
Click here to sign Zubedah's petition calling on the Ugandan police force to institute sexual assault prevention training nationwide, and to apologize for the assault of prominent female politician Ingrid Turinawe last month.
Thanks for being a change-maker.