The Women’s Voice Leadership (WVL), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) in Bauchi State, has appealed to the media anc individuals to stop posting graphic images and videos of rape victims.
In a statement issued on Saturday in Bauchi by Mrs Comfort Attah, a representative of WVL, the group said reporting incidents of rape should be productive, nurturing, not a report of salacious details.
“Media reports that are thoughtful and that do not expose those who have had horrible experiences to further trauma.
“You must support survivors and honour their confidentiality by refusing to play into the media desire for details,” she urged.
Attah also urged the media to avoid the use of graphics or videos of rape victims because they are often subjected to scrutiny and in some cases to mistreatment.
“Images that try to recreate the scene, or show a distraught woman whose world has seemingly fallen apart or use of colours like red and black that suggest blood and something sinister, can hold up the process of recovery.
“Imagine what the rape survivor feels when she sees illustrations like these, you are recreating the horror,” she said.
According to her, CSOs including ASHHF, RAHAMA and FOMWAN have watched with concern the increased cases of rape and gender based violence towards women in the state.
She said that the WVL has recorded several cases of rape that were yet to be taken to court because there was no punishable law for perpetrators and stigma that was associated with it.
Attah said that the CSO had paid advocacy visits to the state commissioner of police, as well as traditional and religious leaders on the need to curb violence against girls, young persons and women.