No To RAPE!
Rape is a conscious process of intimidation wherein perpetrators keep women and children especially, in a state of constant fear. Rape devalues the victim. It is a crime which stigmatizes the emotions, a crime of insult, oppression and revenge that needs to be punished because a rapist is a criminal and all crimes and their beneficiaries must be punished. Rape and other forms of sexual harassment need the urgent and serious attention of family, institutions, civil society groups, government and the international community if we really want to ensure a violence-free society for all.
In Nigeria, there has been an increasing number of rape and sexual harassment cases on a keen keel. If nobody is alarmed at the frequency of these occurrences, we are. They seem to have grown in frequency maybe because our institutions are not addressing these crimes by dealing with the perpetrators.
Our approach requires a collective responsibility. We need whistle blowers, we need Lawyers’ pro-bono services, we need Community Leaders and concerned individuals and organizations that we join us in ending this menace in our society.