Lillian B Kelle is one of the many folks who have been victimized and suffered acts of child sexual abuse during her infancy by an uncle.
Lillian has authored a book titled ‘The Bad Touch’ which she thinks will go a long way in raising awareness on child sexual abuse.
The book was launched on Friday at an event thronged by well wishers, ailment celebrities, kids, activists among others.
“I want to thank my parents for the support given and allowing me to spill these sensitive family secrets. I know I conceived the idea of writing this book but when I finally disclosed it to you, you were supportive,” said a rather emotional Lillian as she wiped tears from her eyes. She is daughter of former Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Anthony Butele.
She went ahead to narrate how at age 7 she was sleeping under her bed never thinking any good would ever come out of it. Lillian was tied in bondage that would last 33 years.
When she made 35, Lillian was diagnosed with stage three throat cancer, as a result of abuse of alcohol. This she says was her turning point in life.
An ailing Lillian sought counselling and therapy and for the first time she shared her long hidden secret with somebody (counsellor).
It is her first counselling session that would create a way for her to create something meaningful, out of this horrific life.
That’s when Lillian decided to tell her story of survival to help people with similar experience and struggling with trauma.
She wrote her first book ‘I Know Now It Was All for Good: Learning That Nothing Just Happens’. She has since been declared cancer free.
“My biggest gift to the world was ensuring that no other kid would sleep under the bed. This book will be translated in most Ugandan language and across Africa for kids to know how to resist the bad touch,” she said.
“The enemy you fear might not be out there lurking in the bushes but rather in your own house,” added Lillian.
“I congratulate Lillian for her courage, resilience and open heart. The book will open a new chapter for the girl child and ending the evil of child molestation. It’s also a foundation for the children in Uganda of Uganda and you have broken silence,” said Hon. Janet Museveni.
“Abuse is inflicted not necessarily by strangers but family members and relatives,” – Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut.
“When I decreed castration for men who brutally defile young children, parliament bashed me. Now I resume my call because the issue of child sexual abuse has become worse” – Miria Matembe.
The medical perspective
Dr Catherine Abbo, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Mulago Hospital said that abuse of any kind leads to trauma to the brain and mind.
She went on to say that defilement and child neglect continue to take lead in cases reported to police with 57 percent and 24 percent respectively.
According to Dr. Abbo, lack of care causes a child’s brain to shrink.
Among the prevention strategies she suggested included; research to guide prevention practices, more funding, public awareness and reducing factors that facilitate child sexual abuse.
A fight for everyone
Lillian’s cause being a noble one, it’s not by surprise that the ‘The Bad Touch’ book launch attracted people from all classes; parents, kids, medics, activists, government officials, musicians, the business fraternity and well wishers.
The author recognized Miria Matembe with the ‘Lone Voice’ award for her efforts in fighting against child sexual abuse.
Another awardee was Arnella Miracle Kamanzi (physically tortured in 2014 by a nanny).
Kamanzi was recognized with an ‘Inspirational Survivor’ award.
Singer Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool made an appearance and performed for the audience at Protea Hotel.
The singer performed his popular songs ‘Go Mama’ and ‘Love you Everyday’ as he held one of the kids in his hands.
“Women need to be empowered to support their kids. The issue of the girl child is a very sensitive one and needs to be tackled. If you want your maids to protect your children, you must respect them,” he said.
The award winning singer made an extra effort and made a call to tycoons Bob Kabonero and Patrick Bitature to pool money for Arnella Miracle. The two businessmen raised Shs 2m each.
Other popular figures that attended the launch included: Edwin Karugire, Miss Uganda 2015, Juliana Kanyomozi and Keko.
Lillian B. Kelle is bothered by the fact that children in Africa are sheltered from the topic of sex which she said is detrimental to them.
The book launch might be out of the way now, but Lillian still has a much bigger task of changing this trend starting in Uganda and across Africa.
As part of the campaign to fight child sexual abuse, Lillian is selling T-Shirts to raise funds which will facilitate her mission.
She is not worried about the lack of funds but rather the threat that child sexual abuse poses to millions of children.
Masaka Secondary School are the champions of the 14th edition of East Africa secondary school (EASS) football boys. Masaka defeated Alliance high school 4-3 in penalties following a thrilling two all draw in normal time.
Julius Kazibwe opened the scoring early in the 19th minute before Fred Kasongo and Athanas Mdamula staged a comeback and early first half win for Alliance. Kazibwe came back and completed his brace with an equaliser six minutes into the second half.
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However, St. Mary’s didnt go home empty handed as the girls’ team won the netball and basketball titles.
Kitende (UG) 52-18 Exodus (UG)
ES Mukingi (RW) 22-18 Gombe (UG)
BASKET BALL GIRLS
Kitende (UG) 74-56 Shimba HillS (KE)
Alliance (Tz) 3-4 (2-2) Masaka
1. St. Antony (ke)
2. St. Charles, Kasasa (Ug)
3. Narok Boys (Ke)
4. Ntare School (Ug)
5. Lenana School (Ke)
6. St. Mary’s, Kisubi (Ug)
1. SInyolo (Ke)
2. Trans Nzoia (Ke)
3. kerugoya (Ke)
4. Kakungulu Memorial (Ug)
5. City High (Ug)
6. Old Kampala (Ug)
Masaka ss celebrating after winning UMEA trophy.