One in four girls would be Abused before Age 18
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) on Wednesday said it has received10,007 reported cases which include Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence perpetrated against adults and children in the last two years.
Commissioner for Justice and Chairman of DSVRT, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, made this known at a press briefing in Alausa to commemorate the domestic and sexual violence awareness month.
Onigbanjo said: “Today, the 1st of September, 2021, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in partnership with the Office of the Head of Service launched the maiden Turn Alausa Purple Campaign.
“This was borne out of the need to involve officers of the public service during the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
“Public servants were encouraged to wear the colour purple in solidarity towards this cause.
“The Team is set to organise Town Hall Meetings on Domestic and Sexual Violence, with a view to engaging and sensitising residents of Iba and Iyana Ipaja Local Governments on SGBV as well as the services available to survivors.
“The community engagements are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, 14 and 15 of September, 2021.”
Onigbanjo said statistics conducted by the state government in partnership with UNICEF revealed that 1 in 4 girls would be abused before the age of 18 years old., whilst 1 in 10 boys would be abused before the age of 18 years.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that we engage children timeously to prevent them falling prey to paedophiles and perverts in our society.
“A day has therefore been designated as the Safeguarding and Child Protection Day, where children are engaged via an interactive workshop to combat the growing trend of sexual abuse of children,” he added
The commissioner said from May 2019 to August 26th 2021, the team handled 4,150 domestic violence, 177 rape,b255 attempt to commit rape/sexual assault,.246 sexual assault by penetration and threat, 877
Others include (Separation, Not taking responsibilities of child(ren), neglect, custody of the child, non-GBV, etc.). There were also 436 cases of child abuse/physical assault, 271 defilement cases,13 defilement by minor to minor among others.
He noted that 2,980 children have experienced emotional abuse.
“Some of these children have been taken through counselling programs to ensure they are able to psychologically deal with the events they have witnessed without it having a permanent and negative impact on them.
“We have also witnessed an increase in reporting of cases from other states, mostly from Ogun and Oyo states.
“In the past two years, a total of 526 cases occurred outside Lagos. Such cases are promptly referred to the relevant agencies in their respective states,” Onigbanjo said