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Benue Beauty Queen launches ‘Give Her Pen, Not Penis’ campaign against rape

Benue beauty queen launches ‘Give Her Pen, Not Penis’ campaign against rape

By Thelma Otse

Benue beauty queen, Miss Ene Daniels, yesterday flagged off her campaign against rape and girl child abuse in Nigeria tagged ‘Give Her Pen, Not Penis’.

Doing the virtual flag off in Makurdi, Miss Daniels, who is the reigning Miss Idoma Ambassador in Benue State, maintained that the girl child deserved the best education and not sexual molestation.

According to her, “the world over, the girl child has been centrifugally positioned in the society as the inglorious recipient of this heinous social vices.

“Every now and then, a story is told of how a helpless and hapless girl, lady or woman is sexually molested, with many cases resulting to death,” she said.

While expressing her disappointment in the Nigeria’s justice system over its poor handling of rape cases the beauty queen said “it is the reason many rape victims will not speak up or approach the courts.

“In our today’s Nigeria, it is practically impossible to prove a rape case in court. Thus, it gives a greater chance for a donkey to pass through the eye of a needle than a rape victim successfully prosecuting a suspect in court.

“Bad as this may sound, it has been the Nigerian story. This has accounted for the low rate of reported rape cases in the Nigeria’s court, despite the increasing rate of rape actions in the society.

“Often times than not, the victims had had to live with the agony, trauma and personal shame, with a perpetual fear of not narrating their story. Many atimes a story is told but not believed or badly judged by the public.”

Miss Daniels, while calling on parents/guardians to give listening ears to their children/wards and believe their stories; also called on the government to strengthen its system, in order to make rape suspects pay for their ungodly acts.

“What the girl child deserves is a pen and not a penis. The society needs to reassure the girl child that she is still secured, in a male dominated and porous environment.

“Parents and Guardians, on their parts, owe the girl child the duty of a confidant by giving her the listening ears and not acting the role of a prosecutor and a judge same time.

“The National Orientation Agency, NOA, and the Civil Society Organizations must live up to the occasion of reorientating the society, with the view to disinfecting the corrupt mindset of the male folk who enjoys inflicting pains on their fellow humans.

“Also, the National Assembly must come up with a legislative piece to define stiffer penalties to those found guilty of rape. The Judicial system must also wake up, wash it’s face and buckle up to the onerous task of dispensing justices to the rape victims,” she added.

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