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By Taiwo Okanlawon
Popular Nollywood actress, and founder of Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa, PARAA, Foluke Daramola-Salako has revealed that about 75% of rape cases her organization had handled were perpetrated by religious leaders.
The actress disclosed this during her conversation with Funmi Iyanda on Public Eye Live on Saturday, an Instagram live session, while narrating how she was raped by her tenant when she was 17.
According to her, “75% of the cases I have on my table are from religious leaders and most times we don’t get to the end of it.
“This is because when we start investigating the cases, the family would come and tell us we should leave the religious leader to God.”
She further dismissed claims that indecent dressing by ladies is responsible for the increase in the number of rape cases.
The actress stressed that rape is just a sign of weakness by rapists, adding that “Nothing attracts rape. Why do they rape minors, teenagers, and even old women. Is that also about indecent dressing?
According to her, most victims of rape cases in Nigeria are children, teenagers, and elderly women who do not dress indecently.
She added, “You hardly find rape cases against young women except for sexual assaults and abuse in workplaces, we find it mostly amongst children, teenagers, and elderly women, how come you are now telling me it is indecent dressing?
Speaking on the role of Nollywood in the activism against rape and abuse, she says, “The role of Nollywood is for us to create more awareness programs, have more movies that are preaching the negativity of rape and abuse, the reason it can happen to anybody, and the reason under no circumstances should any rapist be made to look like a good person.”
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) on Saturday demanded for death sentence as punishment for rapists in Nigeria.
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