Rights Activists In Asaba Walk Against Sexual Violence, Molestation

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ASABA – Some right activists weekend walked around Asaba, capital of Delta State, with a call on victims of sexual violence to raise the alarm or risk losing their lives if they keep quiet n.

This action is in unconnected with the death of 13-year-old Ochanya, who reportedly died from complications caused by years of severe sexual abuse by her 51-year old guardian and his son in Otukpo, Benue State.

The procession chanted “no to rape” as participants handed out leaflets condemning the death of Ochanya and waved placards with inscriptions such as, “rape is a crime”; “don’t wait to be a victim”; “rape equals murder”; “stop rape now”, among others

A dormer legal adviser to the Delta State Post-Primary Education Board, Dr Irene Ofilii, during the demanded justice for Ochanya.

She said that are were victims of sexual abuse like Ochanya in Asaba, who are too afraid to speak out about their plight and benefit from free legal advice and freedom from psychological agony.

According to her, the walk apart from educating residents on the urgency to protect young persons and seek help from the right sources regretted that it is possible that 13 year old Ochanya would be alive today if she had confided in the right persons.

Addressing journalists in front of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, where the rally terminated, Coordinator of the walk and lawyer, Awele Ideal Esq said the walk aimed to raise awareness of the plight of rape victims who are stampeded by society, church and family members to keep quiet.

She regretted that the society keeps blaming the victim and not the perpetrators. “We walk to say a victim has right to justice and no amount of provocation gives you right to rape or sexually assault a child,”

She appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation to allow a watching brief during the prosecution of those implicated in Ochanya’s death.

Other participants urged teachers, female lawyers and the state Ministry of Justice to create awareness against rape, child abuse and deprivation in the state.

Clerk of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs Lyna Aliya Ocholor; Director General, Delta State Multidoor Courthouse, Mrs Julia Utulu and retired judge of Delta State Customary Court, Lady Tina Onianwa, were among lawyers and activists that did the walk.

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