By Toyin Adepoju
A professor of Guidance and Counselling at the University of Ibadan, Ajibola Falaye, has charged parents to monitor social media consumption of adolescents to check the menace of rape in the country.
The charge came just as a member of Oyo State Child Protection Network, CPN, Marcus Williams, raised the alarm that the incidence of rape was on the increase in the state.
He lamented that there was no family court in Oyo state to deal with growing cases of sexual molestation, rape and abuse of the girl-child.
Ms. Falaye said that although sexual abuse is a global problem, sexual exploitation of adolescent girls by predators is harmful and destructive to the victims and their families.
She spoke on the topic “Arresting Sexual Abuse with and on the Social Media” at a one-day seminar organised by the Head of Programmes, Splash 105.5 Fm, Ibadan, who doubles as an On-Air Personality, Oluwatoyin Adepoju, held at the Jogor centre ibadan.
Ms. Falaye who advised parents to discuss sex and be friendly with their children to understand what is happening to them noted that many young girls were being exploited sexually through social media by chatting and sending messages to familiar and unfamiliar people.
She warned young girls to desist from engaging in online dating, posting personal information, visiting X- rated sites, sending nude pictures to guys or arranging to meet an online friend in an unfamiliar place.
According to Mr. Marcus, children of divorced or separated parents were more likely to be victims of rape as those arrested were step brothers who sexually abused step sisters. He said some fathers sleep with their daughters, while some teachers raped students. He said some acclaimed Alfas and pastors have been caught raping adolescent girls
in the state.
He identified rapist as those very close to children and urged victims of sexual molestation and harassment to speak out for intervention.
“Rape and sexually molestation are rampant in religious settings in the state during prayers or when people return from night vigil”.
While lamenting delayed justice for victims of rape in the state, he urged the Police and the court to speed up investigation and dispense judgment on rape cases. He said many cases of rape have spent over a year in court.
This, according to him, demoralises victims of rape and allows sexual predators to continue their dastard acts.
He, therefore, called for child protection policies in all schools while urging parents of victims of rape not to run away from prosecution of offenders in order to check the menace.