Revered Achudume Talks Tough, Says Laws On Rape Must Be Enforced
Rev. Fola Achudume of the Victory Life Bible Church, Abeokuta, has publicly condemned sexual violence in the country.
She described it as degrading, dehumanizing and a highest injustice against humanity.
Mrs Achudume also called on concerned stakeholders to come together and ensure the end of the menace, saying that it is continuing raising its big head in the society.
The President of Save Her Foundation made this known on Saturday during an interaction with women in an online campaign tagged “War Against Rape”.
She maintained that laws on rape should be enforced.
Mrs Achudume however charged the society not to add to the burdens of the victims by criticising them, adding that there is no justification for sexual molestation and harassment.
Speaking in like manner, the commissioner for women Affairs ,Mrs Funmi Efuwape noted that any rapist caught in Ogun state will not be spared.
She noted that the government is out to protect victims , stressing that rapists should be reported to appropriate agencies.
Mrs Efuwape also urged the mass media to always protect the identity of victims.
The commissioner called on parents to be proactive in the upbringing of their children.
She therefore enjoined professional counsellors, educators, religious leaders and parents to make proper use of the awareness created in making conscious efforts towards putting an end to rape.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principal of Secondary Schools, Dr Mrs Ayodele Womiloju added that all hands must be on deck to rescue the girl child and women from every form of molestation.
The Educationist urged the society not to take rape issues for granted adding that societal norms and values should be promoted with a view to equipping the young ones properly and not put any gender at a disadvantage.
She said that the society’s disposition to rape victims is disheartening.
Dr Womiloju harped on healthy relationships , effective mentoring and guaranteed safety for every child irrespective of gender.
Also Speaking in like manner, an executive board member of West Africa Network For Peace,Nigeria Dr Abiola Akiode -Afolabibe said laws on rape should be enforced, urging corporate bodies, religious leaders, the mass media to intensify advocacy against rape.
She also called on parents to break the silence on sex education by changing the communication patterns, saying that children from kindergarten should be educated on sexuality.