Moremi Hall residents in the University of Lagos took a walk against rape and sexual harassment as an awareness campaign to sensitise rape victims.
The rally which has the theme: “Silence is Not Golden, Say No to Rape and Sexual Harassment,” was restricted to the University of Lagos, and was held to mark the international women’s day as well as to empower rape victims in the community.
Speaking on the imperativeness of the rally, Moremi Hall chairman, Zainab Olaitan, a 400 level student of Political Science, has said it was necessary to caution students and rape victims in particular not to keep silent once the deed is done as this may encourage the act.
In her own words, “Statistics has shown that only twenty percent of all rape cases is reported, so we aim to use this rally to tell people, either the male or female, to always speak out. They should go to the nearest counselling unit, they should go the nearest hospital, tell their parents and friends about it.
“This rally, one, is to empower rape victims, two, to discourage the culture of silence and three, to actually educate the society about the ills of rape and sexual harassment.”
The walk started from Moremi Hall, down to the Distance Learning Institute (DLI), through the Faculty of Education. From there to the main gate and back to Moremi.
Guest speakers at the event include human right activist and President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Odumakin, Nollywood actress and activist, Foluke Daramola Salako, Miss photogenic Nigeria, Miss UNILAG, Women right activist and comedian, Princess as well as other artistes.
Certificate of participation was issued to the invited guests and a film show was held in the hostel to reinforce the message of the rally.