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THE RAPE CHRONICLES – The Reality


Friday, August 31st, 2012  

Before evidential issues are even raised, insuperable as they are, there still exist greater social challenges to attaining justice for women who suffer this crime. According to a 2006 Amnesty International report on rape in Nigeria that cited several national civil society organizations, the greatest challenges is getting victims to report the crime and getting the police to investigate and prosecute rape. The AI report also says social stigma is a major reason rape is under-reported. I personally think that we did not need the research to realize how badly rape victims are conceived by our society. Added to social stigma is the insensitive and traumatic treatment victims can expect to experience with the untrained police and the criminal justice system in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, the same Amensty International report, states that state actors especially the police are the major perpetrators of rape and violence against women.

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The Red Light District


Wednesday, August 29th, 2012  

It really is a feature of our society that we can’t seem to tacitly ignore anymore. It has taken the fancy of a vast number of our youth, leaving our working youth to work twice as hard to satisfy the desire of our dependent youth. It’s gotten to everyone- to our clerics and the pious, to our teachers and the taught, to the haves and what we once thought were the have-nots.

Thankfully I’m not talking about prostitution. But I am talking about a particular red light that has people from all walks of life, in various homes, streets, schools and districts canned into utter obedience. It is rather interesting to watch the red light go off, and people scramble to action to respond to its beckon. As you may have probably guessed by now, I’m talking about that red light on the top right corner of your Blackberry handset that springs (you) to life every time you have a message or a phone call.

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THE RAPE CHRONICLES – A Place for Date Rape?


Friday, August 24th, 2012  

Date rape is the common term for non-consensual sexual (vaginal, anal, oral) intercourse that is forced (by way of physical force or

psychological coercion) on a person by someone that they know. Date rape is a complex and difficult area of criminal law, given the nature of the relationship between the victim and the accused.  However, most jurisdictions like ours, make no legal distinction between date rape and rape. This is even though it is well known that rape occurs far more often between people already acquainted than between strangers.

(Date) Rape cases may also take the form of emotional or financial coercion as opposed to the regular physical coercion. Where the rapist is placed in a higher position, he may use his position to harass and intimidate a woman to succumb to his sexual demands. By instilling fear through threats, a woman in that circumstance who succumbs can hardly be said to have given her consent. Where the rapists threatens to withhold or refuse promotions, money, examination results or anything due to the victim, the eventual intercourse would also fall under the heading of rape. In these cases, there will be no form of physical evidence.

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THE RAPE CHRONICLES – Rape A Gender Question?


Friday, August 17th, 2012  

There are not many criminal acts as invasive, as degrading and as traumatizing as the act of rape. The victim becomes scarred for life, and many times, ends up with significant psycho-sexual challenges. It was conceived to be so reprehensible in the old days that the Law of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible stipulated that the rapist be put to death. (Deut.22:25-26).

Rape is simply defined as non-consensual sex. But, in that definition lies the error of simplicity. It certainly raises more questions than it answers. What if the victim “invited” the non-consensual sex, perhaps by her dressing or her attitude? What if she didn’t struggle or cry for help?  What if both parties were drunk? What if the “rapist” heard yes when the victim was really saying no? What if she was not particularly forced, but was only emotionally coerced? Or financially coerced?

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Litter The Law


Monday, August 13th, 2012  

I am very passionate about the environment, more importantly the environment where I reside: Nigeria. And there is something that always speaks to me: litter. I see it everywhere and it begs me to pick it up…on the streets, just beside a trash can, on the road, in the gutters….everywhere!  Nigeria is filled with litter! But what can we do about it? The government is already overburdened with problems of security, education, employment and others with such magnitude of importance, and to add that, the burden of the environment might even seem cruel or harsh, not to mention the issue of opening the floodgates of the court. Therefore the constitution has made the rights to the security of the environment non-justiciable according to Section 20 of the 1999 Constitution.

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