Prof. Bidemi Idowu, a lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU) has stated that no time is too long to report rape or any type of sexual abuse, as long as there is actually a case to answer.
He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of delivering the 69th Inaugural Lecture of the university which was themed, “Sexuality: The Savour, the Caution, the Pleasure”.
According to the Professor of Health Education, most girls or women who were just coming out after ten to twenty years to report a case of abuse might just be doing so because they were then in an era of not reporting such.
“People are now coming out to report rape or sexual assault because they were not enlightened to do so during their era and have a case prove.
“However, there may not be a case of having to prosecute the perpetrator because there may not be evidence but at least, the culprit has been exposed,” she stated.
She noted that most girls or women have been abused at a time or the other in a lifetime but there might not be a penetration.
She also revealed that about thirty-five per cent of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults, compared to fourteen per cent of women without as early rape history.
Idowu encouraged rape victims not to relent in exposing the perpetrators even if they ended up not getting justice, as this would expose the culprit and also serve as a deterrent to others.
She also urged that the Counselling Unit of higher institutions should be expanded beyond career and academic matters to include issues encompassing family issue and sexuality.
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