By Idris Olukoya
Lagos – Dr Ama Onyerinma, Founder of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, an NGO, on Sunday urged parents to adequately educate and protect their female children from falling victims of sexual abuse.
Onyerinma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the female children needed to be protected because of their vulnerability.
“It is their right to be protected; it is the work of the parents, government at all levels, and adults within the community to protect the female children.
“If we don’t protect them their future is in jeopardy. The violence is too much and the scare is life long,’’ she said.
She said that the perpetrators of sexual abuse should be on the public registry of sex offenders.
“The registry is where offenders should be and it should be made public for everyone to know.
“The punishment should be severe whether you are a family member or not, it should be severe and universal.
“There should be no preferences for sex offenders. The rape of a child is against the law. The rape of a child is a violation of her right.
They are human beings who have a right to life. Things should change and the government should do a lot to curb it. ”
Onyerinma also said that the society should stand against sexual abuse. We have to educate our children and equally educate the parents.
“The culture of silence will not help the situation. It has prevented a lot of justice. It has not served us.
“Whether the family wants it prosecuted or not, the culprit should be brought before the law.
“Raping should not be treated as a family matter. It should be a government matter.
“That is why the government should take up the situation. Parents should speak up for their children who cannot speak, ” she said.
According to her, the government should stand up for these children and speak for them, especially in situations where the victim’s parents cannot speak.
“It is prevalent because of the culture of silence. The government is responsible for the safety of the children.
“The protection means that the victims should be kept in a safe place while government should go after the perpetrators.
“Children need to be educated about their right. Parents should be educated and the community too.
Onyerinma expressed displeasure at the recent incident that happened to the 14-year-old SSS3 female student, who was raped and killed in her home in Lagos.
Recently, a 13-year-old girl was raped by two older men, while another seven-year-old was a victim.
She said that all these evil things should stop in our society, female children needed to be protected. (NAN)