By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs), has lamented the increased rape cases involving its members across the country.
President of the Association, Rilwan Abdullahi, stated this on Thursday, July 23, 2020, durng a campaign tagged: “War Against Rape Save The Future Mothers” organized by The Eye Opener Women/Youth Foundation, (TEO), in collaboratiton with his Associotion at the palace of District Head of Makera, Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state.
The Group therefore called on government at all levels and stakeholders to rise up to this challenge to curb the menace.
Abdullahi who was physically shaken and pained said his association is daily inundated with cases of rape of his members across the country, saying rape has taken a different dimension in Nigeria, noting that it is even worst in the northern part of the country.
He opined that the act could be more of spiritual, otherwise; “How can a youngman of 15 – 20 years-old rape a woman of 60 – 70 years old? He querried; calling on all citizens to go back to the drawing board to find a lasting solution to the issue.
Also speaking, Gender-Based Violence, (GBV) Focal Person for Primary Heathcare Centre, (PHC) Makera; Martha Lamba John, advised that in case a child is reportedly raped parents should not hide it, rather such a child should quickly be taken to the hospital where she would be administered the Post Exposure Prophylaxis, (PEP).
According to her, PEP is the first thing administered to rape victims to prevent them coming down with infections like HIV/AIDS, adding that this is done within 72 hours and immediately the victim is placed on that treatment after a month the victim will not be infected with HIV/AIDS even if the rapist turns out to be positive.
The GBV Focal Person gave some tips on how to prevent children falling prey to rapists: Sex eduction must be given to children as early as possible, children must be taught the under-wear rule that nothing covered under-wear is supposed to be made public, children should not keep any secrets from their parents – once they are educated to believe in their parents no one will intimidate them after rape because 99 per cent of rape comes with people known to parents.
“These people know your movement and whereabouts at any point in time. They monitor you in order to commit the crime, hence parents must teach their children the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
“It is not appropriate for any adult to touch a girl’s breast/buttocks. Children must also be taught real names of private parts and this is nothing to be ashamed of because if they are not taught the right thing at home someone out there will teach them the wrong way,” she cautioned.
Earlier, Founder of TEO, Margaret Julius, said the group was at the palace of the District Head of Makera, to wage war against rape in order to save future mothers; saying at the moment Kaduna state is facing three pandemics: the COVID -19, Drugs abused and Rape, which if not tackled would spell doom for everyone.
According to her, the fight against rape is a good one, and not just one to save the women alone, but the male children as well whom some of them are also being raped.
She added that this is a call not just to the government, but to the District Head to involve all stakeholders under his jurisdiction to wage war against the menace. She equally advised government to mete out adequate punishment on rapists for crimes commited against humanity if got.
“We, parents must caution our children as well, take good care of them because every where nowadays you see some teenagers going about naked in the name of fashion. Something must be done about this too,” she said.
Responding, the District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijjani, represented by his Secretary, Alhaji Saidu Yero, commended TEO for the good fight, and disclosed that already his principal had received a message from the State and Federal Governments which the District has heeded to and constituted security meeting every Monday where the issue of rape is brought to the front burner.
“We have informed the Village and Ward Heads, Imams and Pastors to preach to their faithful in Mosques and Churches, and ensure citizens are sensitized in their various communities on the menace as it is worrisome,” he said.