September 23, 2021

1 in 4 girls are abused before attaining the age of 18 – Lagos Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo says that one out of four girls are usually abused in the state before getting to the age of 18.

Onigbanjo, who is Chairman, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), said this in Ikeja on Wednesday during a news conference commemorating September as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

”Recent statistics conducted by the Lagos State Government in partnership with UNICEF reveals that one in four girls would be abused before the age of 18 years old.

”Also, one in 10 boys would be abused before the age of 18 years old,” he said.

The DSVRT chairman said that due to the findings, the team had included ”Safeguarding and Child Protection Day”, as one of the activities for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month in September 2021.

According to him, it is of utmost importance that children are engaged timeously to prevent them falling prey to paedophiles and perverts in the society.

Onigbanjo said that children would be engaged via an interactive workshop to combat the growing trend of sexual abuse.

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