by Dolapo Adelana
The Mirabel Sexual Assault Centre in Lagos, said it received no fewer than 2,252 rapes cases in two years and seven months, The Punch reports
According to the centre Manager, Juliet Olumuyiwa-Rufai, who made the disclosure during a press briefing to inaugurate a booklet by a non-governmental organisation, Project Alert on Violence Against Women and Children said the centre recorded less than 20 convictions in all the cases.
The booklet, ‘Sexual Violence in Nigeria: A silent epidemic,’ documents rape cases in Lagos.
She said, “Between July 2014 and February 2017, we have treated about 2,252 cases. They involved real penetration of the victims’ private parts. The youngest person was a four-month-old baby, and the oldest was a 70-year-old woman, who was a stroke patient and was raped by her landlord’s son.
“The challenge, however, is that some victims face a lot of stigmatisation and they are not free to come out. Also, they don’t want to press charges because of pressures from their families, religious institutions and landlords.
“The factor reinforcing rape is impunity. If we have enough convictions, it will serve as a deterrent to others. We have not recorded up to 20 convictions since we started. Because of this, intending perpetrators are emboldened. Also, there is no support for the victims.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.