Only 87 men have spoken up on abuse cases this year, says DSVRT

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has disclosed that since the start of this year, only 87 men have spoken up and reached out to them regarding sexual abuse or/and domestic violence amongst the thousands of cases received so far.

This was revealed at the DSVRT commendation night, which took place recently in Lagos. According to the Team Coordinator, Titilayo Viviour-Adeniyi, of the 87 cases of abuse for men, most is in regards to domestic violence as just a minute number suffer sexual violence.

On how they were able to get the men to speak up, Adeniyi said: “The men reached out to the team via phone calls and our social media platforms. We try to make sure that they don’t feel any stigma so we handle them with care and attention just like we would the women.”

The event also witnessed the premiere of a short film dedicated to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Adeniyi said the film is an effort to convey their message in an artistic format and to create improved awareness on issues of domestic and sexual violence as well as other forms of abuse during school visits and other community engagements.

Joyce Onafowokan, Special adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Social Development said domestic violence, sexual abuse of any sort is taken seriously by the government. “The law is very specific especially for sexual abuses of young, vulnerable children. The Ministry of Justice and the response team has been phenomenal in handling cases like these and there are now about 10 offices in Lagos that partners with the ministry where victims can report cases of sexual and domestic violence.

“Through this initiative, survivors of violent and broken marriages are empowered to earn their own income, become independent and make a living for themselves by the Lagos State government. This is just to make sure that something good comes out of bad experiences,” she said, as she mandated everyone to say something if they see something regarding abuse of any kind.For easy access and quick response by the team, survivors are encouraged to report to the USD short code *6820# where they are sure of getting the necessary help and support.

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