A popular Girls' Welfare Advocate on my facebook timeline advises girls to stop visiting guys for now so they don't become victims of #rape. It’s a sad development – True. However, emotions only aren’t enough in solving this challenge at this time
In my opinion, girls putting a hold on visiting males will only be a temporary solution, if it is at all.
The solution that will curb RAPE both in the short term and long term is a STRICTER LEGISLATION with weightier punishments for perpetrators. Talking About Ideas: Argentina, UK and Several European Countries have punished Rape Offenders with Long Prison Sentences or Chemical Castration (for reduced prison terms).
A THOROUGH AND ABSOLUTE ABOLISHMENT OF CHILD MARRIAGE in Nigeria by the Domestication and enforcement of the Child Rights Acts (2003) across all 36 states in Nigeria. Eleven States are yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act (2003), namely : Bauchi, Yobe, Sokoto, Adamawa, Borno, Zamfara, Gombe, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa and Kano states.
A more TRANSPARENT JUDICIARY. It’s no news that a lot of these cases get swept under the carpet, especially when the status of the victim doesn’t match up to that of the perpetrator where the latter is able to pay his way out of prosecution.
MAKING IT EASIER THAN EVER FOR VICTIMS TO ACCESS EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES on speed dial after rape, to save victims and protect evidence (like the recent Ekiti State Bill). A lot of victims suffer in silence because there’s no guarantee of emergency healthcare service after such incidence and when available, usually overtly exorbitant and unaffordable to the rape victim.
And of course an INCREASED ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT of WOMEN IN VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES so female rape victims don't continue to be dependent on their abusers. Unfortunately, there have been claims by the “Amnesty Int’l” that some female internally displaced persons in Nigerian IDP camps have been rape victims of some of the officials assigned to tend to them. Shows why women should be empowered the more, it reduces vulnerability and supplies the needed self-confidence to resist abuse.
The IGP should direct all Police stations to erect a mandatory FUNCTIONAL & EFFICIENT DESK for RAPE CASES nationwide. This desk has surfaced a few times in very minute numbers of Police stations in the past but report shows they’ve been ineffective. There’s need for such desks to be strengthened and scaled-up nationally.
Let's not demonize either of the gender.
We need Males as much as Females to end this unhealthy development.
Link To Article: https://youth-journal.org/saying-no-to-rape-in-nigeria-solutions