LASG urges sup­port for rape, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims

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The La­gos State Gov­ern­ment has asked res­i­dents to sup­port vic­tims of rape and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The Direc­tor of the Of­fice of the Pub­lic De­fender, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, said women should be pro­tected be­cause they play cru­cial roles in na­tion build­ing.

Adeyemi spoke dur­ing a sen­si­ti­sa­tion and en­light­en­ment pro­gramme to cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Day for Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence against Women and Girls.

A state­ment on Mon­day by the Direc­tor, Pub­lic Af­fairs, OPD, Mr Ma­mud has­san, noted that the 2019 cel­e­bra­tion was themed, ‘Gen­er­a­tion Equal­ity Stands against Rape.’

The state­ment added that the walk was to reawaken the con­science of mem­bers of the pub­lic to the plight of women, girls, chil­dren and other vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers in so­ci­ety.

The OPD direc­tor was quoted to have vowed that rapists, per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence against women and abusers of hu­man rights would have no hid­ing place in La­gos.

“Ac­cord­ing to her, the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ously con­cerned about the in­crease in the in­ci­dents of rape and the cul­ture of si­lence, which has made it dif­fi­cult for sur­vivors to get jus­tice.

“The direc­tor en­cour­aged vic­tims of rape to speak out in or­der to re­move veils from the faces of per­pe­tra­tors,” the state­ment added.

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