A security man was allegedly caught pants down by residents on Saturday, August 22, defiling an 8-year-old girl in Ibusa, Asaba, Delta State.
Shocking to some people, the victim’s parents, who are pastors, have decided not to press charges due to stigmatization.
The man was reportedly caught in the act in a building under construction.
The suspect was stripped, tied up and handed over to the police for further investigation.
Stigmatisation of rape victim is strong in Nigeria with reports confirming that Nigeria Police Force are also involved in victim-shaming.
This revelation was unpacked in a webinar organised by the American Corner and Boundless Hands Africa Initiative For Women and Children titled Addressing Gender-based Violence During COVID-19 and Beyond.
Anthonia Ojenabo, one of the speakers, said most victims do not speak up when they are abused because when they do, they are bullied by society and even law enforcement officers.