THE Founder of Wanda Adu Foundation, Wanda Ebe has charged parents to see rape as a crime against humanity that must not be kept secret or treated as a family affair when it is committed.
Wanda, whose Foundation caters for children, girl child and vulnerable women gave the charge on Saturday during a sensitisation and awareness campaign against sexual abuse held in Mpape community of Abuja.
The campaign which took off at the palace of traditional ruler of Mpape was organised by the Foundation in partnership with The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) and Institute For War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
She urged parents and members of the community as a whole not to cover-up any case of sexual abuse and child defilement, noting that such act should be promptly reported at theappropriate law enforcement agencies.
During the campaign that feature talks, road show and distribution of flyers warning against sexual abuse, Wanda admonished young girls to keep “their privates, private”.
She encouraged them to avoid men that could molest them adding that in the event of any molestation from any man, they should be courageous to their parents or guidance.
While addressing the women, she said the women should take responsibility in protecting their children in order not to fall victims of sexual abuse.
“If your pikin tell you that one brother touch me, make una no beat am,” she said”in pidgin. Wanda said Rape is a crime and should not be kept a secret or a family issue.
“There are uncountable cases of unreported child sexual abuse in this area,” she said explaining why the group was motivated to carry out the awareness campaign in Mpape.
Wanda added that it was necessary for the residents to know rape is a crime and there are penalties for the offence.
There have been series of reported cases of rape in Nigeria, while some of the victims do not get justice. In July, The ICIR reported how a police officer at the Gender Unit in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police command allegedly requested for money from victims to enable the police to arrest a culprit.