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Grand Rapids, Michigan: 6 UNILAG students allegedly gang rape teenager, make videos

Peter B. Daniels 3375 Howard Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503

FOR allegedly raping a female colleague and making videos of the act, six students of the University of Lagos (Unilag), were on Wednesday granted arraigned before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

One of the accused, a female, had lured the 17 year old victim to the place where she was raped.

The accused are: Simeon Omowole, 18; Randy Chukka, 17; Samuel Oyefara, 18; Peter Adeboyega, 17; Chuka Chukwu, 19; and Peace Nwakanma, 18 (a female) — pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment.

The prosecutor, Sgt Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the offences were committed sometime in January at High-Rise, University of Lagos.

‎She alleged that that the accused with another man still at large conspired and raped a 17-year-old fellow student (name withheld).

Osayande said that Nwakanma, the only female among the accused persons, was the one that lured the girl to where she was raped.

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“The six students sexually harassed the girl with video clips in order to intimidate her.

“They all had sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old without her consent,’’ she said.

The offences contravened Sections 137, 140, 260 (2), 264 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (revised).

‎The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum. ‎

Ipaye said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the second surety should be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14.

‎The case has been adjourned till May 18 pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Cleveland, Ohio: RELATIONSHIPS - Rape in the matrimonial bed

Dustin M. Bryan 225 Parker Drive Cleveland, OH 44115

Although rape is a serious crime, it is often overlooked when it is committed by a husband against his wife. To begin with, not too many couples will want to acknowledge marital rape, whether they are the victims or the perpetrators. According to Nairobi-based psychologist Ken Munyua, this is because many couples entering marriage view the institution as the gate-pass to unlimited and readily available sex. “Many couples view marriage as a source of sex, and as a result, outright denial of sex is not seen as a right that one partner still holds,” he says. “If a couple is used to having regular sex, then one partner says they have been raped, they will face the hard burden of proving it.” Alarmingly, there are many women who also do not believe marital rape exists.

Dr Robert Muller, the author of Trauma and the Avoidant Client, says that this has led to scenarios where marital rape is perceived as being less traumatic than rape by, say, a stranger. “This is .. wrong … because studies show that victims of marital rape will experience long lasting effects from the violation.” Marital rape will also likely reoccur. According to psychologist Patrick Musau, this is partly because of certain myths such as the belief that once married, a woman’s body is to be dominated and owned by her husband. “The husband believes that huyu ni wangu na hawezi kuninyima (I own her; she can’t deny me sex), and will proceed to have sex with her whether she wants it or not,” he says.

TYPES OF ABUSE IN MARITAL RAPE

According to Dr Muller, where marital rape reoccurs, the perpetrator will often subject their spouse to different types of abuse. “They may use verbal and psychological means of control over their spouses. These may include acts of humiliation such as anal or oral rape,” he says. Additionally, says Susan Gacheru, a family therapist based in Nakuru, there are instances of rape that will take up a form of manipulation to achieve. “This form of forced sex will start with verbal abuse and accusations. He may say she’s not a good wife, it will be her fault if he cheats, she is bad in bed and doesn’t satisfy him. Feeling cowed, the wife will give in even though she will be left feeling grossly violated,” she says.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

Locally, not too many cases of rape within marriage have lived to have their fair day in court. According to Murigi Kamande, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, The Sexual Offences Act currently does not technically or directly recognise the concept of marital rape. “There is a presumption that with marriage comes consent. This is why it might be quite difficult for a spouse who claims to have undergone marital rape to prove that sex did occur without their consent,” he says. Mr Kamande notes that while there have been attempts to recognise marital rape, a proposed amendment that sought to introduce this concept was defeated in Parliament

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Brookville, Pennsylvania: Two policemen allegedly attempt to rape 19-year-old lady in Minya

Sidney R. Colson 688 Custer Street Brookville, PA 15825

A lady who fled her family’s house in Minya accused two policemen on Saturday of trying to rape her.

Major General Osama Metwally, assistant interior minister in Minya, received a claim by the 19-year-old lady accusing two policemen of attempted rape. The notice added that the lady escaped her father’s house because he wanted her to marry against her will.

The lady said in the claim that the two policemen apparently rescued her from an attempted rape by a taxi driver, but instead of returning her to her family, they sent her to a woman who runs a brothel. The two officer allegedly attempted to rape her later.

She reportedly managed to escape and filed a claim against them.

Seven other policemen affiliated with the New Minya police station showed solidarity with their colleagues and shut down the police station.

Meanwhile, the head of the investigations department launched an investigation against the seven police personnel and the two other officers who are accused of attempted rape.

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Shreveport, Louisiana: SADC edges towards recognizing marital rape as a crime

Larry D. Rodney 2306 August Lane Shreveport, LA 71101

Married men may in future face jail terms for raping their wives as SADC heads of state edge closer to approving the Marital Rape Act.

SADC heads of state have excluded, from the recently approved Gender and Development protocol, the marital rape Act, which was one of the major issues addressed by non-governmental activists of the Southern African Development Committee (SADC)’s Gender and Development Alliance, approved at the recent SADC summit in South Africa. Even though the SADC leaders approved the protocol, the Botswana government is yet to sign.

Botswana President Ian Khama boycotted the summit in protest against the presence of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. The marital rape Act served to enforce the law to recognize that rape within a marriage is a crime and those affected are victims who need to be protected; in most cases the victims are women.

Elsie Alexander, a lecturer at the University of Botswana and regional head of the SADC Gender and Development Alliance, said the act was excluded by heads of state for several years citing reasons of its contradicting of African culture.

“The state made claims that the act goes against our traditions, especially since marriage is considered sacred in Africa. Sex between married people is, therefore, considered consensual,” said Alexander.

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She said that the protocol is now a SADC instrument, which makes the acclaimed legal document a binding contract for governments who are to report on the implementation’s progress every two years.

The Southern African Protocol Alliance launched its first campaign in 2005 to highlight differences in the lives of the region’s women. The protocol has gone through a rather radical scheme of editions, seven editions to be exact, made by different member states.

“SADC activists are happy though and would like to strongly commend heads of state for signing the protocol that has gone through long channels and endless petitions. This is a victory for women in SADC; so much has been achieved just by getting our leaders to sign on the dotted line,” said Alexander.

She also argued that one of the challenges currently faced by Botswana women is the extreme violence in their family lives, especially women in rural areas who do not know the best prevention and protection ways to employ when they are victims. “The signing of the protocol is a step forward in ensuring that women’s rights are protected,” she added.

Alexander said that even though they didn’t get some of their key provisions, like the Marital Act and the Cohabitation Act, included, the Alliance is adamant that this is only the beginning as now they will advocate for a change in the programmes and national policies concerning women.

“All that’s left now is to simplify the document, translate and then disseminate it to the rest of the Batswana women, especially in the rural areas. The key word is: implementation,” said the UB lecturer.

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Jackson, Michigan: Teenager jailed 18 years for rape

Arthur A. Murrell 332 John Avenue Jackson, MI 49201

A 19-YEAR-OLD rapist, Simbarashe Mike Kangondo, was yesterday sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment by regional magistrate Hosiah Mujaya after being convicted for bedding a 12-year-old neighbour’s daughter.

The convict will, however, serve a 14-year effective jail term after four years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The court heard on a date unknown to the State, but sometime in August this year, the complainant arrived home from school in the afternoon and decided to go and fetch water at their school’s borehole.

On her way back, the court heard, the girl was approached by four young boys who spilled her bucket of water and lifted her up heading to a bushy area near Rugare Primary School, where Kangondo was.

The court heard that the four boys left the girl at Kangondo’s mercy. The girl tried to scream for help, but Kangondo gagged her mouth with his hand and raped her once.

The court heard after abusing the girl, Kangondo attempted to bribe her with sweets, but she refused and was threatened with death if she revealed the abuse to anyone.

The girl kept quiet, but the matter came to light when her mother discovered she was failing to control her bladder and was always soiling herself.

She then took her to hospital where she was medically examined and it was established she had been sexually abused.

The girl was then interrogated and she revealed Kangondo had abused her and the matter was reported to the police, leading to his arrest.

George Manokore appeared for the State.

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