It is a crime to have forceful sexual intercourse with someone against the person’s will, and it is punishable by law. In Lagos state, 37-year old Adesola Moses, who resides at Osenatuilo Street, by AIT Road Alagbado, reportedly raped a mentally-challenged girl in her mother’s shop. The rapist had taken advantage of his victim’s mental health and had anal penetration of her. Male rapists usually blame their female victims for seducing them to the act. I am wondering the excuse Moses must have given to justify his act – the attractiveness of a mentally deranged girl arousing his balls?
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As reported by Vanguard, a family member of the victim said the girl’s mother, Muiynant Mustapha, left her 19-year-old daughter in her shop to attend a party, when the suspect sneaked into the shop, demanded that the girl should take off her clothes and then raped her.
While the act was ongoing, a 10-year-old girl, Tunrayo, daughter of the landlord, who usually plays with the victim, saw them and ran out to alert people. By the time people got to the shop, the suspect had escaped,” the relative said.
The elders in the community gathered 12 suspected young men in the area and Tunrayo was able to identify the suspect, despite the fact that he had changed his clothes in disguise. The case was reported to the police station at Alagbado, but is currently being investigated at State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Lagos.
Mr Moses, is just among the unlucky few rapists whose case was taken over by the police. Rape is not a joking matter, and should not be handled with leniency. According to Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, Rainn, on average, 293,000 people are raped every year, 44% of the victims are below 18 years and 68% of these rape cases are not reported to the police.
But as we all know, this is Nigeria, and anything can happen once money exchanges hands. It won’t be a surprise if Moses is set free after a few days of detention, and trust the libido of a rapist, it will surely crave for another experience, maybe this time with a five year old.