Oyetola’s Wife Urges OSHA to Support Rape Victims

Wife of the Osun State Governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola wants the state House of Assembly to tackle stigmatization if rape victims by encouraging them to speak out.

Mrs. Oyetola, who was at the Assembly to solicit support in stopping the increasing rape incidents in the state, noted that despite various laws in the state against rape and domestic violence, it was still unfortunate that sexual violence were still prevalent despite the laws.

She said rape and domestic violence cases should not be allowed to assume an uncontrollable situation in the state as female children are no longer safe in the society.

She urged the lawmakers to sensitise the people in their constituencies to fight against rape and encourage victims to promptly report.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Timothy Owoeye, the commended the governor’s wife for her initiative and campaign against rape in the state

Mr. Owoeye said the Assembly had already passed an anti-rape law since 2002 which stipulated 14 years imprisonment for attempted rape and life imprisonment for convicted rapists.

He however said all existing laws on rape, sexual violence and gender based violence would be reviewed by the lawmakers and that a law would soon be passed that would lead to the establishment of a special court to handle rape and sexual violence related cases in the state.

Earlier, the Assembly had passed the Osun Public Procurement Law Amendment Bill 2020, after it was read for the third time, with the Speaker saying it would become law as soon as it is assented to by the governor.

Funmi Adekoya

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