The Director of Child Welfare Services in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, Children and Social Welfare, Mrs. Nkechi Anazodo, has revealed that at least 80 rape cases were recorded in the state during the COVID-19 lockdown.
She stated this on Monday in Isuaniocha in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to her while speaking during the United Nations Children’s Fund supported launch of integrated child protection community sensitization campaign, the ministry recorded only 32 cases before the COVID-19 lockdown.
She further revealed that in most cases, some fathers raped their daughters and threaten to kill them if they report.
“Sexual violence has become the order of the day, especially during this period of lockdown.
“The most worrisome is that some fathers raped their daughters more during the lockdown. In most cases, fathers who rape their daughters threaten to kill them if they report.
“The problem, therefore, is that many people don’t report these cases because they feel that the victim might be stigmatised.
“That is why we are going round the 21 local government areas of the state to create awareness on this problem,” she said.
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