1 in 4 girls is sexually abused getting to 18 years in Lagos – Onigbanjo
Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, claims that one out of every four females in the state will be abused before the age of 18.
Onigbanjo, the Chairman of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), made the remarks during a news conference in Ikeja on Wednesday to mark the start of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
”Also, one in 10 boys would be abused before the age of 18 years old,” he said.
Due to the findings, the DSVRT chairman stated that one of the activities for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month in September 2021 will be “Safeguarding and Child Protection Day.”
Children must be engaged as soon as possible, according to him, in order to avoid falling prey to paedophiles and perverts in society.
To fight the growing tendency of sexual assault, youngsters will be involved through an interactive session, according to Onigbanjo.
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”This would be an avenue to engage children drawn from both public and private schools on their rights and responsibilities.
”This programme would be led by trained peer educators, who have experience in gender relations, socialisation and sexual violence prevention.
”Asides from verbally engaging students on their rights and responsibilities, children would be equipped with relevant materials, textbooks and posters which can be displayed conspicuously in the school premises,” the commissioner said.
He explained that the DSVRT has been commemorating Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month since 2015, which had previously been held in September to correspond with the month the team was founded in 2014.
The focus of this year’s festivities, according to Onigbanjo, was “Institutionalizing Our Reforms.”
He justified this by stating that it was important to ensure that all interventions were institutionalized.
The purpose, according to the DSVRT chairman, is to ensure that processes are in place to ensure that the state’s response to sexual and gender-based violence is well-structured and service delivery is at its best.
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