Against the backdrop of incessant rape cases plaguing the society, National Council of Women Society, NCWS, Bayelsa State chapter has embarked on a sensitization campaign against rape and other abuses to media houses in Yenagoa.
The women who embarked on the protest with placards carrying different inscriptions on the theme: “Simple and Safe Sexual Abuse Prevention” matched to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA to lay their complaints and to educate the public on the dangers of rape.
While speaking at the NTA premises, Mrs. Biobelemo Akpolo, State Caretaker Chairman of NCWS enjoined children to report anybody making sexual advances to them whether father, brother cousins or neighbors living around them.
Akpolo further said that rape victims should have the courage to speak out when raped or abused sexually.
She equally advised parents to discourage their wards and children from watching pornographic videos or films to arouse their minds sexually, pointing out that parents should teach children on sex education and always warn them to report any person that touches any part of their sex organs or molest them to their parents.
In their various messages to the public, speakers were assertive and unanimous in condemning the rampart casrs of rape across the country, adding that there is a law against rape which is before the National Assembly and that offenders will be decisively dealt with.
They said, ” rape starts from the home and advised mothers to teach their female children not to be close to their male counterparts, even their fathers. Mothers should also educate their female children to be sensitive with their private parts and report any person the touches them..
“The National Council of Women Society is saying enough is enough. No more rape of our female children, even if a father rapes hris daughter, the mother should not hide it but speak out and report the matter to us.
“We the NCWS wants to say to the public that we will not take it lightly with any person that commits rape against any woman under the pretense of seeking consent. We are appealing to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan to pass the bill into law immediately.” They concluded.
While responding to the protesting women, Mrs. Sienam Bamgboye who represented the general manager of NTA, Yenagoa, noted that rape has become national issue that is currently taking an alarming dimension and encouraged the women to always speak out against it as mothers.
Bamgboye promised to take the message to homes and all nooks and crannies of the state and also to create an awareness program on TV to sensitize parents, children and the publiic about rape.