Lagos DSVRT Releases Report and Launches DSV Awareness Month Activities | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice / Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) Chairman Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) revealed that, according to data, 4,302 children were assaulted in the state from May 2019 to August of this year; and of these, 2,432 were under nine years of age.
He added that 10,007 cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and non-GBV were reported to them and analysis of the statistics found that 91% of women were abused while only 9% were men. In addition, 92% of adults aged 18-45 had the highest reported cases and 73% of domestic violence was reported for adults, which was found to be the highest form of GBV against adults while 69% of psychological abuse was reported for children who witnessed domestic violence (IPV) and other assaults.
Of the state’s 20 local government areas, the LGAs of Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikorodu and Ifako Ijaye had the highest number of reported incidents for adults and children. “The Virtual Gender-Based Violence Referral and Response System launched this year has helped ensure that survivors receive psychological first aid, legal advice, and emergency and rescue intervention when needed. Given our mandate to implement the Executive Decree on Child Safeguarding and Protection, all reports of violations of the Child Protection Policy in Schools have been duly addressed.
From May 2019 to date, the attention of the DSVRT, the Education Quality Assurance Bureau as well as the School Social Work Department of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development has been drawn to incidents of child abuse in 37 schools and all failing schools were investigated.
“All cases related to sexual violence are being prosecuted and judgment was obtained in two of the cases. One school was closed due to infractions, while another was asked to relocate due to child safeguarding and protection issues raised during the investigation. and the Chief Coroner for a coroner’s inquest to determine the cause of death, the outcome of which would greatly strengthen the evidence for the prosecution. Prosecutions are ongoing in three of the cases while the remaining two suspects are currently at large. “
He added that during the reporting period, they obtained 365 convictions, launched the toll-free virtual GBV response system, an online training platform on child safeguarding and protection, developed the URRPP in partnership with the EU’s Spotlight initiative, the Kings Club project. , holistic management systems in health facilities and strengthened the capacity of private hospitals to provide sexual assault management (SAM) services to survivors. Others include upgrading five additional FSUs in the state (Epe, Owutu, Ajegunle, Bariga and Okokomaiko), sustained community engagement in Ifako-Ijaiye, Somolu-Bariga, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo and Ikorodu as well as the launch of the DSV case management system.
Onigbnajo added that since 2015, September has always been DSV Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Institutionalizing our Reforms”. He said activities marking this month included the TURNALAUSAPURPLE campaign, community engagement in Iba and Iyana-Ipaja, Child Care and Protection Day and an evening of praise and recognition.