The Secretary to the state government of Cross River State, Ms Tina Agbor has said that most university girls who say they were are sexually harassed by lecturers are dullards.
She said this while representing Governor Ben Ayade during the one-kilometre walk staged in Calabar in commemoration of this year’s “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)” in the state.
At the event titled “Orange the World: Leave No One Behind, End Violence against Women and Girls”, she said “Because the society has told you that for you to be a complete woman, you have to be married, many women are holding on to very wrong and abusive relationships.
“As a woman, you must add value to yourself for the men to respect you because when you reduce yourself to nothing, the men will kick you around.
“As a girl in the university, study hard and no one will take advantage of you because they know that you are worth your onions.
“Some of the university girls that say they were sexually molested are dullards who visit lecturers privately to beg for marks.” she further stated.
She said while society was now preaching against GBV, women must refuse to be put down, adding that they could only be their own limitations.
The walk took place from Cultural Centre Calabar to the premises of the state Ministry of Women Affairs.
The 16 Days of Activism is an annual event organised between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10 to raise awareness on GBV and harmful practices against women and girls