Incidents of rape in Ebonyi State is on the increase on daily basis.

The number would have been so alarming if all cases of rape are officially reported and recorded.

To buttress this, a legislator, Mazi Oliver Osi, who is representing Ivo Constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, has raised alarm over innocent children being raped.

"It is very, very rampant and people are afraid of speaking out because they don’t want to be known,” he lamented.

He said on daily basis, young girls are raped in various parts of the state with many of the cases covered up by the victims.

The lawmaker raised the alarm while addressing participants at a 1-day training workshop for service providers on Gender Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health Right and Advocacy organized by Coalition for Eastern NGOs (CENGOS) at Vienna Hills Hotel, Abakaliki.

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“When you keep your ears on the ground, from the security reports, you find out that almost on a daily basis, there are rape incidences here and there.

"It is very, very rampant and people are afraid of speaking out because they don’t want to be known,” he lamented.

"Many pregnant women prefer being delivered of their babies at home instead of registering with a hospital which would offer them both antenatal and postnatal services.

“I am aware of a lady who delivered herself of a baby at home. What if complications had risen, what would she have done?

"So, these are the things we should bring to the forefront so that people know that the practice is dangerous.

“We noticed that in this clime, if your parents owe somebody and they cannot pay, the lender can just come and take their little daughter to become his wife to produce children for him.

“And the little innocent girl begins to suffer for what she does not know about. Even while that is going on, there are certain rites she is still expected to observe in this 21st century,” he lamented.

In her speech, the State Coordinator of CENGOS, Nancy Oko-onya, said the training was meant to “encourage and equip participants with knowledge and skill necessary to handle and document cases of women’s rights violation in their areas of service using a simplified data collection tool.”

“We encourage the participants to speak out against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) as well as take the message on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHRs) to their principals and colleges”, she added.

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