Practically everyday our correspondents are out in court, there is always a hearing on sexual assault especially rape.

Bounce News also discovered that over 60 percent of the victims are children below age 14.

Another staggering fact is that over 70 percent of the alleged rapists are relatives, friends or neighbours of the victims. 

So, it was not surprising that hundreds of women hit the streets and markets in Jos, Plateau state on Saturday to encourage members of the public to speak out against rape.

These women are tired of the rising cases of rape and child molestation in the society.

Being women in journalism, they are aware of the many unresolved cases and this makes it important for them to demand action.

They are members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) working in collaboration with Black Diamond Support Foundation.

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The Chairperson of NAWOJ, Plateau Chapter, Jennifer Yarima, tasked the public to “break the culture of silence” on rape and other forms of violence against women and children.

Yarima described as painful and disheartening the way children were abused by people who were supposed to be their caregivers and protectors.

She called for an end to molestation of children and adults, saying the most worrisome was that of toddlers and infants.

The Convener of the Black Diamond Support Foundation, Mrs Adefunke Agina, called on government to prescribe death sentence as penalty for rape.

“Rape equates death,” she emphasised.

“When someone is violated, it brings her world to an end; her spirit is dashed and everything becomes bleak and nothing seems worth living for.

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“I urge victims and parents of victims to speak up as silence on such matters increases the chances of it happening over and over again,” she said.

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