Abidjan, 03 September, 2021 / 8:52 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest serving in Ivory Coast has joined his compatriots who are expressing their condemnation of a televised rape demonstration aired in the West African nation on Monday, August 30, at prime time.
In a Wednesday, September 1 statement published on Facebook, Fr. Norbert-Eric Abekan reacts to the show on Nouvelle Chaine Ivoirienne (NCI) Channel that featured a man presented as a former rapist explain, using a mannequin, how he assaulted his victims, BBC News reported.
The broadcast has attracted a nationwide outcry that has involved a petition signed by 30,000 people demanding that the presenters be punished.
“I join this wave of outrage to, in turn, fight and condemn with the strongest terms this NCI channel TV show on rape that affects our sensitivities,” Fr. Abekan says in his Facebook post, and adds, “I am outraged by such content both despising and disrespectful for women.”
Fr. Abekan notes that “rape, like all forms of abuse is an extremely delicate topic that needs to be dealt with seriously especially on a television channel that is supposed to educate.”