ACSEC Holds Sensitization Programme Against Rape In Awka

ACSEC Holds Sensitization Programme Against Rape In Awka

Stakeholders have been called on to join hands and intensify sensitization on rape and sexual abuse, to arrest the ugly trend and its menace to the society.

 

African Child Social Empowerment Center, ACSEC made the call during a one-day campaign against rape and other sexual abuses.

 

Correspondent, Ejike Abana reports that the event tagged, “Stop Rape Now”, took place at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

The function kickstarted with a sensitization walk within the school premises and environs, where the organizers carried placards with different inscriptions such as ‘Men Get Raped,” “Don’t Stigmatise Against Me because I spoke up”, “it wasn’t my fault’, ‘stop rape now’, ‘Stop Raping Our Women and Children, ‘Consent is paramount’, among others.

 

The programme which ended with lectures at the university auditorium was a partnership between ACSEC and Anambra state Ministries of Women and Children Affairs, Basic Education, Health, and Justice.

 

Other partners include, the Public Complaint Commission, Anambra State Command of the Nigerian Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA among other agencies.

Speaking at the event , the Founder of ACSEC who is also the Commissioner for Lands, Mr. Bonaventure Enemali commended stakeholders who have been at the fore front of the campaign against the menace and thanked participants for believing that rape and sexual abuse need to be stopped.

 

The Executive Director of ACSEC Miss Chisom Augusta explained that the event is their first program in Anambra state having operated in Lagos for over a decade, stressing that rape is soaked with blood, pain and stigma and added that the campaign is meant to educate and encourage people to speaker out when they experience such.

The Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue represented by Barrister Adaora Okoye who noted  that there is greater advocacy about rape in recent times, stated that the Nigerian law has  been updated to provide that even oral sex or kissing is now regarded as rape.

 

On her part, Mrs. Obioma Okeke, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, revealed that as a ministry, they are committed to giving the younger ones rounded education, especially sex education, even in churches, calling for all hands to be on deck.

 

Speaking through Barrister Ndirika Onyekwelu, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu, described rape as an age long offence, stating that it can be minimized if emphasis is made on its seriousness and severe consequences, calling on victims to always come up and speak, while the Anambra State Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Florence Ezeonye represented by Dr. Chinwe Thomson who  said that according to UNICEF, one in four Nigerian girls are sexually assaulted before the age of eighteen years, mentioned a popular rape drug usually put in people’s drinks to make them drowsy and unconscious, emphasizing that usually, it makes girls unable to conceive when they get married, calling on people to flee from people who use drugs including methamphetamine, popularly called ‘mkpurumiri’.

 

Question and answer as well as experience sharing sessions featured at the event while President of International Federation of Female Lawyers, Professor Oguguo Ikpeze, Professor Uba Nwuba and the police also lent their voices to the subject matter which they described as cancerous to the fabrics of the society.

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