Knowing what to do when raped would go a long way to stopping it. Rape thrives because a lot of rape victims don’t know what to do.
Before knowing what to do, it is good to know what is rape. Quite necessary because lots of high profile men had been accused of rape just to victimised them or pull them down. Raping of men by women is not written off but victims of rape are more of women including female children who are minor. More ugly cases of rape include incest: parent raping his child and a brother raping a blood sister. However all cases of rape are quite disgusting, and rape is a crime.
Rape is an act of sexual intercourse with an individual without his or her consent, through force or the threat of force. In many jurisdictions, the crime of rape has been subsumed under that of sexual assault, which also encompasses acts that fall short of intercourse. Rape was long considered to be caused by unbridled sexual desire, but it is now understood as a pathological assertion of power over a victim (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
Rape is one of the crimes that is underreported in official statistics. This is because most of the victims of rape don’t know what to do. Some conceal it because of dreadful threats by rapists, undue advantages and for image protection. One of the characteristics expected of a rape victim is to report the case to the police or a researcher who asked about the experiences. It is only when you speak up as a victim that you can get help.
If you are a victim, you have to do the following after you are raped:
- Make up your mind to speak up
- Go to Clinic
- Document your pieces of evidence
- Report the Case at the nearest police station
- Go with a witness if you have
- Insist on pressing charges
Learn that with or without consent, it is a crime to have sex with a minor (0-18years).
Statistics of rape in Nigeria and the world is on the rise. In Nigeria, Lagos alone recorded 32 rape cases between January and June 2020, and you know these are officially reported cases. What of more that were not reported. An example is the case of one Muhammed that allegedly confessed to police he raped over 40 women in a year including an 80-year-old and children under the ages of 10. The cases were not reported officially until Muhammed was caught.
Rape had caused people’s life, and the threat to life makes many victims not talk about it. The death of Uwavera Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin was brutally raped and to death. The death sparked march against rape in Nigeria in the past weeks.
Pathetic cases of rape are abounding. One of the insane cases is a woman molesting a minor. Example the case of Wanda Ebe who was molested when she was under six years. Her nanny, a middle-aged woman, allegedly forced her to repeatedly perform oral sex on her when they were alone. Attempts by little Ebe to report to parents almost caused her life. The nanny poured her a bucket of hot water. She missed a year out of school as a little girl in pains. The nanny reported it was an accident to the parents. Wande Ebe was again raped at 21 when in her second year in the University. She recalls a doctor who raped her on appointment in his house.
“He tore off my clothes and raped me. I was weak from the surgery and could do little to resist him.” What she added that baffles is that she didn’t know that rape cases are to be reported to the police.
Now that you know, speak out.