Women Abuse: Protect Our Women and Children Lady Anaeme Beckons On The Federal Government

Lady Juliet Anaeme, popularly known as Ada Ozubulu, a leading grassroots political mobiliser, weeps over the increase rate of rape, women Abuse and children’s molestation in Nigeria.
The crimes had continued to raise concerns and stirred reactions from Nigerians. Officials and observers expressed worry that many Nigerian girls and women might have experienced at least one form of verbal and physical abuse or assault in their lifetime and following the increase of this pandemic of physical abuse or assault on women led Lady Anaeme to call on federal government for Women and children’s protection.
However, the Incidences of rape are on the increase in Nigeria. The Mass Media is replete with catalogue of cases of rape. Rape has become a social phenomenon of epidemic proportions and not an isolated criminal act affecting just a few women and girls in Nigeria.
It has become a common feature in Nigeria for children, less than twelve years to be victims of sexual assault. Adolescent and young adult women are in high risk range. In Nigeria, even old women are not spared this assault. There are several cases, which are very irritating. Now and then, it is reported that a teacher has raped a student , a religious leader has raped his flock, robbers have raped a victim, a man has raped a sister-in-law or daughter-in-law, a master has raped a housemaid, a security man has raped his master’s wife, a boss has raped his staff, a father has raped his daughter, a young man has raped a grandmother, a minor has raped a fellow minor, a traditional ruler has raped a subject, and an 80-year-old man has raped an 8-year-old girl.
The Nation Newspaper of Friday, October 5, 2012, reported that a 70-year old man was banished for defiling a 3-year old child in Utulu, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State. Yet in another headline in the punch Newspaper of 30th January, 2012, Mr. Innocent Francis, father of 8-year old Endurance, who was raped and murdered, alleged that his life was being threatened for reporting the plight of his daughter to the police. Ekiti State Police command arrested an 85-year old man, Samuel Oladipupo, for raping a 12-year old J.S.S 1 pupil (Punch, 29th November, 2012). In Nigeria, some men seem to be on rampage nation-wide raping women and children. According to Women of Compassion Worldwide in 2008, 1128 cases of rape were reported in Delta State alone in the first seven months of that year. A 2010 National Crime and Safety Survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation, with support from Macarthur Foundation, put Cross-River, Ebonyi and Bayelsa States at the top of the log among the 36 States of the Federation in terms of robbery, rape and murder. (Sunday, Sun January 6th 2013). Up north in Zamfara State, Abdullahi Ibrahim, a police inspector, was sent packing for raping a 15-year old girl in Maradun Local Government Area of the State.
The effects of rape is unimaginable because it devastate the lives of the victims and their families, causing severe physical and psychological pains and sufferings, including death, sexually transmitted infectious diseases and unwanted pregnancies. It is a form of gender-based violence which knows no border. Rape is a global pandemic affecting both the young and old, people of various classes and both the uneducated and educated, regardless of their race, ethnic background or religion. Sadly, women and girls are the most affected of this crime. Lady Anaeme opined that “If virginity is what makes women honourable, rape is an easy weapon to permanently damage them” In the opinion of Obasi (2007), “Rape leaves painful memories and lifelong consequences on the victim”. It inspires permanent damages on its victims. Rape equally degrades as well as violates a whole tribe or nation.
Psychologically, In the months following a rape, victims often have symptoms of depression or traumatic stress. They are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs to control their symptoms. Other effects includes self-blame, lack of control over feelings and thoughts, drug or alcohol dependency, physical injuries, sexually, transmitted diseases, poor self-image, unhealthy sex life, depressive or post-traumatic stress disorders in their lifetime, long-time negative effects on sexuality and inability to form or maintain trusting relationships are common.
Lady Anaeme calls on the commissioners, ministers for women and children affairs to sit up and uliaise with the government on mapping out measures in which these crimes against woman could be curtailed so as to restore women’s confidence ,dignity and self esteem in Nigeria.
She further plead with the government to set up measures in which crimes against women and children will be curtailed in our societies. According to her, State authorities should systematically and comprehensively document violence against women, including rape, and make this information publicly available. Government agencies should ensure that all women who have been subjected to violence, including rape, have access to redress, including compensation, rehabilitation and guarantees of non-repetition.

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