Rape: Students’ union advises parents on precautionary measures


THE National Union of Yobe State Students (NUYOSS) on Wednesday advised parents on precautionary measures to monitor the movement of their children, especially females, to reduce the incessant cases of rape in the country.

The union’s National Vice Present ll, Hafsat Yusuf, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.

Yusuf said it had become imperative to advise parents because the majority of rape victims were minors who could hardly help themselves.

She advised mothers, who were naturally closer to their children, to develop a strong cordial relationship with their daughters to enable them to confide in them, should anything happen to them.

She then advised girls and women to always dress properly and responsibly to maintain the dignity of womanhood, noting that parents, especially mothers, should tell their minors to always report to them if anyone tried to touch their private parts.

“Female children should be discouraged from sitting on the laps of males. On no account should female children be left under the care of private male teachers, family drivers, male neighbours or security guards,” she cautioned.

Yusuf also advised parents to monitor what their children watch on television, stressing that “they should be monitored constantly and closely to prevent them from watching movies not suitable for their age either on television or on mobile phones,” she added.

She appealed to the Yobe Government to consider some palliatives for rape victims, “such as providing scholarships for them to study abroad where they can rebuild their careers and realise their dreams without stimatisation.

“Such a gesture will help them to recover from the trauma of unpleasant memories. This is because rape survivors in most cases miss school and companionship. They often avoid people and prefer to be alone because of the alienation they expect from friends and members of society.” (NAN)

– Jun. 24, 2020 @ 11:59 GMT |

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