Why rapists go scot-free — Williams


WilliamsBy Josephine Agbonkhese

Buky Williams, Executive Director, Education as Vaccine, highlights the need to end the culture of impunity, victim-shaming and ensure stiffer penalties, insisting that only then will rapists learn.

Why is rape on the increase?

It’s not really like there is an increase; more rape cases are only being recorded. People are becoming more comfortable talking about being raped and if you talk to a lot of researchers, they will tell you there has also been an increase in violence as well. I however think that the culture of impunity has contributed to the continuous occurrence of rape.

What does the law say about rape? Is it that penalties are not strong enough to deter offenders?

We have several laws. We have the Criminal Code and then in some states, we have several laws that focus on violence. In Ekiti State, you have the Gender-Based Violence Laws; in Lagos, you have the Domestic Violence Law; in the FCT, you have Violence Against Persons Prohibition…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper