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Taking a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence: Rape Survivor Urges Action

A survivor of rape, Ms. Elizabeth Bumkeng, is urging other victims to take action against gender-based violence. She made this plea during the launch of her book titled “Healing from Within… Reclaiming Life After Sexual and Gender-Based Violence” in Abuja.

Ms. Bumkeng emphasized the importance of reporting such incidents to the relevant authorities in order to seek assistance and justice. She shared her own experience, stating that not reporting the incident can lead to depression and other complications.

After her own traumatic experience, she had nightmares and feared that the perpetrator would harm other girls as well. Reporting the incident was a crucial step in her healing process.

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She called on all members of society, including civil societies, community leaders, government officials, and lawmakers, to join forces in the fight against gender-based violence.

She stressed that this is a collective responsibility and encouraged everyone to take action if they witness such incidents, rather than thinking it doesn’t concern them.

Her book offers guidance on healing, the roles of government agencies, relevant laws, and the punishments for offenders. She recommended the book as essential reading for individuals, families, communities, and government agencies.

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The chief launcher of the book, Mr. Nuhu Kwajafa, emphasized that the key to helping victims is holding offenders accountable through appropriate punishments. He highlighted the need for law enforcement, particularly the police, to take cases of sexual harassment seriously.

He noted the discrepancy where police often prioritize armed robbery cases over rape cases, which is not the case in some Western countries.

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He expressed frustration over instances where police advise families to settle rape cases privately, rather than pursuing legal action.

He emphasized that the government must address this issue to ensure that perpetrators are held responsible, as healing becomes challenging when offenders walk free.

Kwajafa called for a collective effort from the media, authorities, and society at large to bring attention to the fact that a significant number of sexual harassment cases are not being adequately addressed by the police…[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>


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