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RAPE: ASWOPS Demands Stiffer Penalties

– Concerned about the crescive cases of rape in the state

Recently, the Society has been awash with horid cases of sexual violence against the girl child. The exponential upsurge in the crime has become a new normal.

Clad in black, the Association of Wives of Permanent Secretaries embarked on an open air sensitization against rape and gender based violence in the state.

The President of the Association of Wives of Permanent Secretaries Mrs Ifunanya Uduak Iwoh expressed displeasure on the high rate of rape case in Akwa Ibom.

The ASWOP president observed that rape is the most painful and emotional ordeal a woman can experience.


RAPE: ASWOPS Demands Stiffer Penalties

She stated that she really appreciates Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom state , Dr Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel for leading the fight against rape and she assured her that she and the association will continue to collaborate with her in the fight until rape is completely eradicated.

She said: “Rape is a public health problem and a violation of women’s fundamental human rights. Rape victims tend to be silent as a result of humiliation and social stigma”.

“The persistence of this menace in modern Akwa Ibom, is no doubt a thing of grave concern to all. In order to reduce the scourge of rape in the state, all hands must be on deck to fight this menace”.

Addressing the women during the campaign, the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien commended the President of ASWOP Mrs Ifunanya Uduak Iwoh, the executive, and members of the group for queueing behind the Governor’s wife in the fight against rape and other violence against women. It was a clear indication that the efforts Her Excellency, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel was yielding good results.

Elder Essien described rape as an heinous crime and wicked act with no moral or legal justification. He further explained that health issues occasioned by rape were devastating and life threatening especially when it involves babies and children.

The Head of Civil Service thanked the Governor, His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel for signing the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill 2020 into law.

The wife of the Head of Civil Service Mrs Uduak Essien, said that sensitization campaign was to complement the efforts of the Governor’s wife, Mrs Martha Emmanuel in the fight against rape and with the violence against persons prohibition bill that has been signed into law perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to face stiffer penalties.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Dr Glory Edet described rape as evil, she solicited to Mothers and Parents to rise up and fight against the monster that is ravaging the society.

Dr Edet added that the offenders should not be hidden but exposed to face the wrath of the law.

Also reacting to the issue, the Dean College of Permanent Secretaries, Mr Uduak Iwoh appreciated all for joining hands with ASWOP to fight against rape and also a strong message has been sent out to those involved in this crime that if they are caught they will be disgraced publicly.