The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), on the wings of its Islamic Family Law (IFL) Project and with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, conducted a training workshop for Upper & Lower Shari’a Court Judges on the 5th – 6th and 6th – 7th February, 2018 in Jigawa and Zamfara States of Nigeria respectively.
The essence of this training was to;
- Address some of the knowledge gaps at the level of administrators of Islamic Family Law matters
- Provide insights and response to the issues around the administration of Khul’i divorce
- Make judicial process less cumbersome to even clientele.
- Disseminating & Contextualizing the WRAPA IFL research findings
- Increasing awareness to achieve shifts in practice & policies in the administration of Islamic Family Matters
- Highlighting controversies deterring women to seek justice
This training workshop was organized with the overall goals of achieving;
- Women’s improved access to justice
- Reduced gaps in administration of Family law matters Improved standards of response in Upper & Lower Shari’a Courts
In this post, WRAPA highlights the effects of Rape, which are entirely negative.
The effects of rape can include both the initial physical trauma as well as deep psychological trauma. Although rape victims commonly report injuries and issues with their reproductive health after the sexual assault, rape doesn’t always involve physical force.The most common and lasting effects of rape involve mental health concerns and diminished social confidence.
1) PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF RAPE
Physical effects of rape can arise from both forced sexual assault and those not involving forcible submission, such as drug assisted date rape. Forced sexual assault frequently causes visible bruising or bleeding in and around the vaginal or anal area and bruises on other parts of the body from coercive violence. But both forced and other types of rape can have many other physical consequences:
Painful intercourse (with significant other)
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – HIV, genital warts,gonorrhea, chlamydia, and others
2) PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RAPE
Victims experience both short & long-term psychological effects of rape. One of the most common psychological consequences of rape is self-blame. Victims use self-blame as an avoidance-based coping tool. Self-blame slows or stops the healing process.
Other common emotional and psychological effects of rape include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – feelings of severe anxiety and stress
Flashbacks – memories of rape as if it is taking place again
Borderline personality disorder
Dissociative identity disorder
Distrust of others – uneasy in everyday social situations
Feelings of personal powerlessness – victims feel the rapist robbed them of control over their bodies.
After much said, the effects of Rape are entirely negative and capable of damaging victms both physically and psychologically. Therefore, Let us do all we can to end Rape. Don’t be silent, speak up.