Ignorance: Major setback in the fight against rape and sexual abuse

ON the day of my second demystify abuse campaign outing, after the main event, I and my team were in...

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ON the day of my second demystify abuse campaign outing, after the main event, I and my team were in front of the school taking pictures for documentation when a young adult man, not older than 35 years old asked what we were doing.

We told him and he stood somewhat puzzled and perplexed. We were to be more perplexed when he asked his next question.
“Does rape still happen?” He asked, and I can vouch he said it in all his sincerity.

We were shocked too that at his age he was unaware and ignorant of the epidemic that is causing a massive decline in the mental balance and general output of many individuals in the country – adults and children inclusive. After we heard him we realised again that a lot of work had to be done if people would know that rape had not ebbed.

How do you begin to convince an adult there rape was on the increase? How does it feel knowing that those who are expected to protect the prospective victims of rape were unaware of the challenges and dangers that rape posed?

We took our time to lecture him and also told him about rape. I told him I was a rape victim too. That the lecture was taking place months after I was attacked could have helped him understand the recency and urgency rape cases. I can say he became aware after we had our moment.
Social media still suffers from massive shock from the news of rape and sexual abuse that hits us daily.

There are still people who do not know what you are talking about when you mention rape. There are some parents who are naïve and in their naivety, how are they expected to know what steps to take when their children complain that they have been raped or sexually abused?

Or how do we expect them to understand when we tell them that a victim suffers from traumas from the painful ordeal? How do we explain to them that their child who used to be so bright in school has become academically impaired?

How do we carry out all these explanations, if we do not invest in sensitisations and awareness campaign? The knowledge will not just fall on them; we who know should do something, no matter how little we may think it is.

The awareness campaign is a collective responsibility and with collective effort, we will go a long way. The enormity of the work calls for more programmes that would drum attention to rape and other sexual abuses.

In every position we find ourselves, we should try as much as possible to speak up, teach some or pass across information, we never know whose life we would be saving. It is important that we not only save lives, but that we have children and adults who grow up without fears of being molested.

Since I started the campaign months back, I have learnt so much about the silence that envelops rapes and sexual molestations. I have also learnt more than I imagined, the need for people to discuss these issues and find solutions to them.

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