Young adolescents have been advised by the Domestic Violence and Support Unit (DOVVSU) to be quick in reporting rape cases for culprits to face the law.
District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Holortu, Northern Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, addressing a group of young people, said victims of rape should resort to the necessary law enforcement institutions and avoid propositions from families for settlements out of court.
The Young Voices Forum was organised by the Savannah Signatures, a youth advocacy nongovernmental organisation to discuss issues of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights.
The main discussion centred on the topic "Rape and Defilement: Why Do Families Prefer To Settle Cases at Home?"
Mr Holortu described the reasons people give for handling rape cases at family and religious levels as frivolous because such laws did not exist in the law court.
He said it was a deserving right for rape victims to report their circumstances immediately after the incident, to serve as prove to implicate rape culprits in court.
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