Ending the Incessant Rape Culture in Nigeria: A Way Forward

Rape is fast becoming an epidemic in the country with series of allegations and counter allegations (reported and unreported) flying across the media space. The recent case of a brutally molested 22-year-old student, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, leading to her death have added to the expanding rate of existing cases. The police have so far launched an investigation into the incident to bring the culprits to book. No doubt, this issue is begging for serious attention. To stop these, all hands must be not only on deck but also remain busy above board. These immoral act is hitting deep into our value system and we all need to ensure there is a stop to it.

Although the path to finding this lasting solution may be difficult, I believe the first step to solving any problem is to understand it more deeply. Rape (or sexual assault) is a very serious crime perpetrated by both genders. Although, the reported cases from the girl-child is unarguably higher. It is a situation whereby a person intentionally penetrates or toys with another person’s sexual organ without his/her consent. In the case of the girl-child, it involves a forceful penetration of the male penis or any object into the female genital (vagina, anus or even mouth). For the male-child, it may include threatening or forcefully conditioning him to have sex against his wish.

It is also important to note that the definition of Rape (or assault) does not only include physicality. According to the Met Police, it involves any other psychological and emotional violation in form of sexual act that is inflicted on someone without their consent. This include forcing someone or manipulating him/her to witness or be involve in any sexual act. Of course, this addresses the uncensored media contents flying around our apps and media space where people intentionally post and upload nudes and pornographic contents without the consent of the viewer. The apps and media site have done well to make it easy to ‘report’ such cases on their spaces. Some will even make you sign consent forms before viewing their sites.

Stop Rape

In all of these, as minute as it may look, the lack of consent is the major point defining rape. If by any chance, you are involved in any sexual act without you consenting, then you have been sexually assaulted. By consent, I mean all parties involved must have agreed to partake in such sexual pleasure by choice. The lack of consent might make sex (assumed to be a sweet thing) become harmful psychologically and/or physically. It is also important to point that not all cases of sexual assault involves violence that could cause physical injury or leave visible marks. Rape or sexual assault can lead to severe distress, emotional breakdown and other internal injuries which can take longer to recover.

Because of the magnitude of the damage that a rape or sexual assault can cause to the victim, it is very important that such dastardly act be put to a total end. Any rape or assault should be reported to the appropriate authority as soon as possible in order to bring the perpetrator to book and to sound a note of warning or deter the development of more cases. Moreover, the stigmatization against the victim makes it difficult for people to report rape cases. Victims are always afraid to report to crime fighting officials owing to so many factors.

One of which is the systematic failings of Nigeria’s criminal justice system. The country is also faced with a judiciary that the masses can’t really trust. So many a case involving top notched personalities is thrown out of hearing. The inaptness of the police in probing and investigating such crimes are also under questions. It makes the victims lose hope in getting justice. Another factor is with the stigmatization against the victim by the populace. People are fond of mocking victims with questions like ‘dint you enjoy it?’, ‘what were you wearing?’, ‘why did you go there?’ etc.

Such questions have been adjudged out rightly stupid to ask the victims. It is very bad for anyone to make victims feel guilty about the situation but rather motivate and support them in getting justice and recovering well from it. It has also come with facts that wearing a closed-up attire is not a complete guard or militating factor against being raped. These beasts involved in this act are devils in human skin. It would be criminal to leave them to walk freely and mix with us in our society untamed.

Protect our Children

But, like any other problem that we face today in our society, the nature of rape is also a very complex one. In this vein, I believe that the very first step to putting a stop to this is by Winding a Lucid Kick Against RAPE (#WALKAgainstRAPE). We need to reconnect our value system and ensure that the younger generation is well trained and cultured. The society is a result of the training and values we adopt. It all happens with the mind; a clean mind processes clean thoughts. It takes a clean tank to produce a clean water. Parents, teachers, guardian and the society at large need to go ahead sensitizing our children on issues relating to sex and sexual assaults which include rape.

Along with these observations, a studies have found that men who experienced mental and physical abuse during childhood were more likely to perpetrate violence against women. Also, more than 40% of the men surveyed had first forced a woman into sex as minors. 80% of the men who had raped indicated that they felt they were entitled to sex. Therefore, it is an indicative to the specific patterns to these crime which might help us better deal with the situation.

So, providing this much-needed support will go a long way in creating a better society. There is need to respect the opposite gender by speaking, behaving and dressing responsibly in public. There is need to make them understand that every individual have rights to their privacy that shouldn’t be trampled on. There is need to understand that our children need to be protected from molesters physically and psychologically. There is need to properly censor vulgar music, pictures and video contents from children accessible media. It pays to catch them young. We shouldn’t fail the next generation too. All these points to the need to nurture a good domestic environment through school counselling and the incorporation of healthy gender attitudes into every part of a child’s education.

Ola-lawal M. D.

for Muzzammilwrites,

04-06-2020

7 thoughts on “Ending the Incessant Rape Culture in Nigeria: A Way Forward

  1. Apparently your views align with mine, our distinct opinions are perhaps few. 1. The female gender on no account should proceed to visit a random male friend with whom they don’t share a strong bond or interest with. 2. The male counterparts should not sort to the female mode of dressing to justify their cruel act. 3. The law should enact a capital punishment for rape act, emotions aside. Thank you.
    You have a valid opinion right there.

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  2. I am appalled about the rampant occurrence of rape in a country that has the most tightest laws. However, I still hold the view that we need to amend some of them in order to have a well-formedness nation. From a legislative perspective, rape is as a result of loosed law. Generally, less or nothing has always been done to affirm the validity of our laws thereby causing perpetrators to persist in there evils. Your views is valid and I commend you a lot. I will love of people can read this you have written.

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  3. I am appalled about the rampant occurrence of rape in a country that has the most tightest laws. However, I still hold the view that we need to amend some of them in order to have a well-formedness nation. From a legislative perspective, rape is as a result of loosed law. Generally, less or nothing has always been done to affirm the validity of our laws thereby causing perpetrators to persist in there evils. Your views is valid and I commend you a lot. I will love if people can read this you have written.

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