AN ARTICLE ON RAPE OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Sexual violence is endemic[U1]  in Africa’s most populous county. Precisely, Nigeria is one of the countries where cases of rape are becoming unbearable.[U2]  First and foremost, [U3] rape is a form of sexual violence with an individual [male or female] without his/her consent through force or a threat of force. Rape or sexual violence is a global problem. This lifetime risk of attempted or completed rape is up to 20% [U4] for women but men and children of both sex genders are also sexually violated, in line with this, I can arguably say that anyone can be a victim of rape regardless of the gender or age[U5] .
In Nigeria today, the reported cases of rape is growing astronomically. The recent rape of a twenty-two (22) years old lady, Vera Uwaila, a microbiology student, who sought the quietness of her empty church in Benin City, Nigeria, as a place to study. Hours later, she was raped and killed in a crime that has spark outrages across Nigeria. There have been many reported and unreported cases of rape[U7]  in the home, school and it has gotten to the place of worship. How heartless can this people be?
Just after the case of Uwaila, another case of rape incident was reported wherein an eighteen (18) years old lady, Barakat was raped and murdered in cold blood by armed men at her home in Ibadan. Initial reports stated that her corpse was found near her house. The father and sister of the deceased were not at home when the incident occurred and her body was in the pool of her blood. It was so pathetic.
Without much ado, it is known that women and activists in Nigeria have in recent years demanded greater and decisive actions against sexual violence. Yet reported crimes comes up against the systemic failings of Nigeria’s criminal justice system, which rarely[U8]  persecute[U9]  rape cases. But activists make steps to ensure victims receive justice which they are often denied of. . Authorities in Nigeria have not done enough to combat sexual violence. The government’s disposition to rape cases and bringing the perpetrators to book over the years lack the[U10]  intensity required to deter rapist and potential rapist and to protect our women and girls.
In conclusion, most Nigerians are misinterpreting the whole issue on ground. Not all men are rapist, REAL MEN DO NOT RAPE. There is the need to stop this culture of baseless generalizing. There are good men out there fighting for justice on behalf of the rape victims. Justice must prevail and those perpetrators must face the music because sexual violence poses a great obstacle to peace and security in the country. If this is done, maybe one day, girls can walk freely without the fear of being molested.

Olofinniyi Dorcas Opeyemi

Nigeria

04/06/2020

 [U1]This is ambiguous
 [U2]Please Recast this statement. It is contradictory with the first statement
 [U3]Tautology. Use: “To start with” or “
 [U4]A source to support this fact
 [U5]Sex gender is tautology
“Age” has been added
 [U6]This paragraph has being divided
 [U7]Reformed
Old: We have heard so many cases of rape

New: There have been many reported and unreported cases of rape [U7]
 [U8]Please Recast this in a simple way
 [U9]Persecute or Prosecute?
 [U10]Old: The methods the state have been using over the years, clearly has not moved with

New: The government’s disposition to rape cases and bringing the perpetrators to book over the years lack the
 [U11]Nice article, some things have been change. Effect the remaining few. Keep writing, I hope to see more of your works.

Basit AJIBADE