Women Journalists in Plateau state under the umbrella of The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), have organized a seminar to sensitize children in the state on the dangers of rape.

The Seminar which held in Jos on Wednesday attracted the presence of many stakeholders including Civil Society groups, teachers, parents ,children workers, government functionaries and religious organizations among others.

Chairperson of NAWOJ, Jennifer Yarima said the seminar had become necessary in view of the increasing number of rape cases involving minors in the country .

She noted at the Seminar with the theme: ‘Rape: Endangering the Lives of Our Children”,that many girls had dropped out of school because of unplanned pregnancies resulting from rape and expressed regrets that other victims of the crime were either compelled to abort such pregnancies that threatened their lives or subjected to all manner of ill-treatment as a result

Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM reports that others who spoke during the seminar including the Chairperson of the Observatory Steering Committee, Ladi Madaki; Special Adviser to Plateau State Governor on Women Affairs, Felicia Yakzun; Country Representative, Association for the Life of Africa, Jumai Madaki all condemned the prevalence of child rape and advised parents to always listen to their children and be sensitive to any noticeable change in their behaviour

-JAMES ABRAHAM

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