The Center for Impact Advocacy (CIA) and Adopt a Goal for Development Initiative, have called for a different approach in tackling rape for ritual, another menace raising its ugly head in the society.
Both Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have further urged state and non state actors in the country to stand up against this ugly situation that is beginning to gain grounds around the country.
A joint statement signed by Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga of CIA and Ariyo-Dare Atoye of Adopt a Goal, described the situation as “very alarming, and requiring urgent intervention.”
The statement noted that more women and girls face existential threat from the unabated rape pandemic in the county almost on daily basis.
“It is eating deeper into our localities, it is spreading faster and debasing our women and destroying our girls. “While the unabated cases of rape in general are bad enough, and deserving of capital punishment, and while we must do everything to fight it, however, this aspect of rape for rituals which has not featured prominently in public and intentional discourse, must be addressed with a different approach.
“We are on the same page with activists and actors who believe that rape is rape, and it must be confronted and fought to a standstill, but we have since discovered that the current public and global actions against rape cannot significantly address the worrisome trend of rape for rituals.
“This aspect of rape, will require a different methodology and actions, while activists and actors are combating rising cases of rape in general,” the statement added.