A rape simply put is an unlawful sexual activity and usually a sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception. There are different laws against rape in Nigeria. They are mainly
- The Criminal Code – this is applicable in all the Southern States
- The Penal Code – this is applicable in all the Northern States of Nigeria
- The Criminal Laws of Lagos – this is applicable in Lagos State only
- The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act – this is applicable in only the FCT Abuja.
- The Child Rights Act – this is only applicable in the States which have domesticated it
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN RAPED
- Report yourself to your health care provider
- Treat physical injury as appropriate
- Treat sexually transmitted infections as appropriate
- Ensure you take post exposure prophylaxis medication to prevent HIV/AIDS
- Manage pregnancy as appropriate
- Treat depression ASAP
Rape is a serious crime in Nigeria. If you are a victim, do not suffer in silence. Ensure that the rapist does not go unpunished. Report the rapist to ensure the law deals with rapist.
As a mother or a guardian, when your girl child complains of vaginal pains, discharge or bleeding, there is possibility she has become a rape victim. The girl child is likely to be raped by her close male associates,(not strangers), including her father, step father, uncle, brother, step brother, cousins, school teacher and even faith-based instructors, etc .
Mental illness, alcohol abuse and drug abuse appear to be major predisposing factors; inattentiveness and neglect of the girl child needs is also a major contributory factor.
Reporting rape could be emotionally sapping, due to the social stigma. Therefore is advisable to seek help from reputable organisations like Mirabel rape justice center. https://mirabelcentre.org/
The are located at Lagos state university teaching hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja Lagos. They opened Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and 10am-4pm.on weekends and pu public holidays. They be reached on Tel: 08155770000, 07013491769, 08187243468, 01-2957816
A WORD FOR PHARMACIST
You might have a friend or your “guy” who needs a sedating drug for “one babe wey dey show herself”, be careful, you see what the laws says, when it comes for your “guy” you will be an accomplice.
Stay safe, say no to rape