The Executive Director of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mrs Rita Illevebare, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
Illevebare said that women should be responsible for their protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and GBV in their immediate environments.
She said that the fight against the social menace should not be left in the hands of government, NGOs and the judiciary alone.
The executive director said that the battle could only be won through collective efforts by women, adding that people should seek help rather than wait until they were violated.
She said that although the vice cut across both genders, women and children were the worse hit victims.
“It is imperative that our women and children should be happy,” Illevebare said, adding that “this would engender a happy and peaceful society for all.”
She tasked journalists on responsible reportage of GBV cases in order to encourage victims to speak so as to help arrest the phenomenon.
“Justice for survivors or victims of GBV should not be seen as majorly for the perpetrators to be jailed.
“It should be to encourage society to speak out so as to rescue victims from the perpetrators, even before the abuse is done,” Illevebare said.
According to her, the punishment for rape is not as important as helping survivors to come out of the psychological effect they suffered when they speak out. .
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ejike Obeta (NAN)https://nnn.ng/ngo-advocates-collaboration-among-women-to-check-rising-rape-cases/