Under the theme of “Transforming Education” The Kosofe Child Protection Network, coordinator Rasheed Awofeso, spoke on sexual harassment, rape; prevention and education at the Nasfat Youth Wing incommemoration of the United Nations international youth day held on August 18, 2019 at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
Highlights of presentation by Awofeso
- Unwanted Sexual advances from same or opposite sex, sexual favour or verbal request for sex.
- It could be in the course of offer for employment at place of work
- It could be inform of sex for marks in an institution of learning.
FORMS OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT
- Attempted rape/Sexual assault
- Unwanted pressure for sexual favour
- Unwanted deliberate touching, learning over or pinching
- Unwanted letters, telephone calls or materials of sexual nature. e.g. video.
- Touching employees clothing, Hair or body.
- Sexual expression by winking
- Turning working discussion to sexual topics.
To force someone to have sex especially by using violence-such person is called rapist or perpetrator Naturally, No one can rape without using force during the actions. This is punishable under the law. Issue of rape is rampant in our society today.
PREVENTION OF RAPE
- Advocacy – NGO, CBO
- Avoid staying with adult of opposite sex in isolated areas
- Turn down unsolicited gift from people
- Don’t demand for mouthwatering gift from people.
- Inclusion of sex education in the school curriculum so that students can know their rights.
- Strong legislation/enforcement against this antisocial behaviors
- Parents should encourage decent dressing.
- Parents, students and teachers are stakeholders
- Acceptance by the stakeholders is very important
- School curriculum – All institution of leaning schools include sex education.
Some parents see it as a taboo to discuss sex education with their children – parents needs to scale up, abandon the old behaviour that such topic may corrupt the children. Forgetting that internet has exposed the children beyond parents’ imagination.
Religious Leaders – School section should have qualified social workers to educate their faithful.
Why the increase in cases of Rape
- Drug dependency
- Family background – pampered children, parents sometimes
- Fear of stigmatization engaged themselves in sexual affair in presence of their children, such child may turn rapist.
- Slow time if prosecution process
- Attack by families of perpetrator
- Poverty and economic factors
- Peer pressure
Antics of Perpetrators
- Cash inducements
- I will buy you Android phone
- When next is your birthday
- Other mouthwatering or greek gifts.
Effect of Rape
- STD – AIDS/HIV
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Psychological trauma – Truncate Future ambition
Who are the Perpetrators?
Parents, step parents, family friends, friends, Neighbours, strangers, Teachers, not limited to pastors and Imam.