This year, as in most past years, rape has disturbed and engrossed our beloved country. Several cases have been recorded with few culprits being punished. The fact that legal action is not taken against most of the perpetrators of this gruesome and heinous crime is disappointing.
There are several cases of rape which have led to the death of many female teenagers, some underaged.
Rapists do not deserve pity or sympathy, rather, wrath and fury, because they destroy the future of their victims.
Rape of women and girls accounts for the highest number of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The belief that “boys will always be boys” should be denounced and abandoned because the boys would engage in rape thinking that they wouldn’t be prosecuted.
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Rapists need to be endangered because their ungodly behaviours are a crime against humanity. Their negative attitudes expose victims to danger, especially sexually-related diseases such as papillomavirus, genital herpes and HIV/AIDS.
The effects of rape include physical and psychological trauma of the victim. Although rape victims commonly report injuries and issues with their reproductive system after the assault, rape doesn’t always have physical effects. The most common and lasting effects of rape are usually psychological.
Therefore, I admonish my fellow compatriots, that whosoever is guilty of rape should be prosecuted and exposed because the fear of being caught and shamed will help greatly in reducing the high rate of rape cases.
Binta Hassan Liman, Department of Mass Communication, Borno State University
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