Hello! I am Olajide Maryam. I'm one of the leading advocates for the Campaign against Maltreatment of Women.
Violence against women thrives on many forms, which includes physical, mental, emotional and sexual assault, despite the passage of the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act of 2015, the statistics of these acts has continued to rise.
Also worthy of note is some people’s perspective of allocating blames, sharing blames trivializes the victim’s struggle, it is therefore important to lend a voice against the act, not the victim. It is never the victim’s fault, do not be a rape apologist.
A Rape Apologist is someone who makes any kind of justification for rape. This justification might range from what the victim was wearing to the social status of the rapist. Silence in the face of rape makes you an enabler and not a rape apologist, but the minute you break your silence and then justify the rape, then you are an enabler and a rape apologist.
Rape apologists pose the following dangers to rape victims among others: They give rise to more rape apologists. They derail the conversation and shut up rape victims. They sap the energy from rape victims seeking justice for the crimes committed against them. They are custodians of the rape stigma. They isolate rape victims and drown out the voices of support they have.
You can, however, make a difference by imbibing the culture of empathy, listen without bias, form opinions on a case by case basis, support the pursuit of justice when rape victims seek it, do not ask irrelevant questions of why-what-when-who-how-was she dressed!
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