Rape: Note Of Warning To Those Who Justify Rape

Nigerians who justify the act of rape are now at risk of getting arrested as suspects, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, the Director-General of NAPTIP said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

She is worried that parents may not be doing enough to take care of their wards and children, explaining that 90 per cent of rape cases were committed by uncles, fathers and relations.

According to the DG, many careless acts by parents are responsible for rape cases across the country.

She, therefore, said that the agency would approach the Ministry of Justice to push for the establishment of special court to duly try rapists.

Mrs Okah-Donli also called for life imprisonment instead of capital punishment for convicted rapists.

She said there is the need to educate Nigerians, especially neighbours on rape issue.

The NAPTIP boss said that cases of rape could be reported via phone: 07030000203, 0802255627847 and 08077225566 or could be reported on social media platforms such as the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, among others.

She, however, said that there is no national template of victims’ trauma response to share pain, adding that the duration of psychological trauma varies from individuals.

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