Why cases of rape, molestation are high

Some parents and teachers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have attributed the major cause of rape and child-molestation in the country to indecent dressing.

They said this in separate interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.

Mrs Patience David, a secondary school teacher, decried the increased number of rape and child -molestation cases recorded in the country, especially in urban areas.

David said some parents were fond of allowing their female children to dress indecently in the name of fashion.

“Some parents do not caution their children on the way and manner they dress.

“They allow them to dress the way they like in line with the fashion trend from other parts of the world.

“This is very common among teenage girls or women. You will see some dressed indecently and in a provocative manner that would warrant attention from people, all in the name of fashion,’’ she cried.

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Similarly, Miss Blessing Ekpe, a teacher also said corroborated what David said.

She said though there was no excuse for forcefully having sexual intercourse with someone, but the way some children were being dressed had contributed to the increasing cases of sexual abuse and molestation in the society.

“You will see a girl all dressed up in clothes that exposes most of her body parts that are supposed to be covered for the whole world to see.

This attracts negative attention of people with bad intention,’’ she said.

Mrs Joyce Innocent, urged parents to ensure their children were properly dressed to avoid unnecessary attention from the opposite sex.

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“It is not everybody that has strong sexual body control, some people see a bit of exposed flesh from the opposite sex and immediately look for a way to relieve themselves.

“Even if it means forcing themselves on innocent persons.

“Almost every day, when you read the newspaper or any form of media, you hear cases of rape and child- molestation.

“Even though there are several factors that have contributed to the rate of rape and molestation, as parents we need to supervise what our children watch, wear, and the people they mingle with,’’ she said.

Mr Emmanuel Hezekiah, a parent noted that there was the need for adults, irrespective of ethnicity or religious affiliation, to educate the youths on the need for decent dressing.

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According to him, this will go a long way in portraying a good image of the person, family and the betterment of the society.

“It is our duty as adult to caution children on the way they dress. We should advise them in our various places of worship, schools, even neighborhood on the need to dress decently,’’ he said.

Another parent, Hadiza Hassan called on parents to be very vigilant and protect their children from falling victims of rape and molestation.

Hassan also urged parents and other stakeholders to teach their children sex education at a tender age to avoid any form of abuse or molestation.

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