The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to tackling sexual and gender based violence. In her statement Monday, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the coordinator, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, (DSVRT), says 50 cases of sexual and gender violence have been dealt with since the unit was set up in 2014. Of this number, she said 30 are domestic violence, while the other 20 cases border on child abuse, defilement and rape with evidential medical and police reports. She said the cases are exclusive of the ones the Directorate of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting at the state High Court.
“In terms of advocacy, DSVRT has trained over 800 mandated reporters who are State Government employees that have dealings with children on how to detect signs of child abuse and steps to take in reporting such cases. Furthermore, over 2000 school children have been empowered through our rape prevention workshops on how to avoid being a victim of sexual abuse, self defence and how to preserve evidence when physically or sexually assaulted”, she said.
Vivour-Adeniyi explained the DSVRT comprises top level representatives of the Nigeria Police, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Public Defender, the Directorate of Citizens’ Rights, Office of Youth and Social Development, Ministries of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Health and Education, Civil Society Organizations, and the Media, who are all involved in the fight against sexual and gender based violence crimes.