A Non Governmental Organization known as ‘High Level Women Advocates’ (HILWA) has vowed to fight spiritedly rapes of children in Bauchi state.
A representative of the organization Barrister Hauwa Jibrin expressed the determination Thursday during a seminar for schools children organized by HILWA, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and supported by the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) at chartwell hotels Bauchi as part of activities marking this year’s children’s day celebration.
She said the organization was concerned about rape cases especially the ones involving girls saying they would take serious actions including court actions against perpetrators.
Hauwa asked parents to cooperate by not concealing such cases and allowing the prosecution of the rapists to serve as deterrence to others.
According to her, some victims and their families feel shy to expose the act pointing out that only when the matter is reported to the appropriate authorities that the menace could be addressed.
“They should be able to speak it out. If they speak, we will be able to tell the government. There were a lot of rape cases and they all affected the children.
“We are telling the girls, if they are abused, they should not be shy. They should come out boldly to tell us. Hiding it will not solve the problem. If they tell us, we will be able to fight for their rights.
HILWA representative said during the event, the children who were participants would be asked to personally state their problems for the three partnering organizations to solve.