Rape is crime against humanity – says former Miss Nigeria

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Lagos- Ms Ezinne Akudo, winner of Miss Nigeria 2013, has described sexual violence as a crime against humanity and infringement on the rights of the victims.

Akudo, 24, spoke on Sunday in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), noted that victims carried the psychological trauma for life.

She said that the alleged lack of justice and care for victims of sexual violence prompted the inauguration of her project – Eight Foundation Rape Crisis Centre in Lekki, Lagos.

“We live in a world where women are abused daily and are unable to speak up. One out of four women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.

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“This crime can take place at anytime and can happen to anybody.

“Sadly, the society’s response to this heinous crime has led victims to believe that silence is the best option.

“This is have decided to set up the centre to provide change for women and , who are victims of sexual violence, “she said.

Ms Chioma Nwigwe, a in the foundation, said that the centre would provide hospital-based management protocol in the form of medical care, counselling, and legal assistance.

“The foundation is in strong partnership with the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender for Legal Services, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team and the Mirabel Centre for Forensic Testing, “ she said.

Nwigwe decried a situation where parents of the victims of rape usually shy away from reporting the case for action and called for a change of attitude in this regard.

Mrs Omotola Rotimi, Director, Office of Public Defender, Lagos State of Justice, said the increase in of rape triggered the collaboration with the foundation.

Rotimi said that reports in the media showed that rape and other forms of sexual violence was on the increase and had become a source of worry to many Nigerians.

“Lagos State was credited with a figure of 132 rape cases in 2013.

“It may just be a tip of the iceberg, given the utmost secrecy with which cases of rape and other incidents that have to do with sexual are treated.

“This is why we are partnering with this foundation to assist victims and help them out-live the trauma that comes with sexual violence, “ she said.  (NAN)