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Domestic Violence: Over 2,000 Minors Sexually Abused in One Year – Lagos Gov’t

The Lagos State government on Thursday, disclosed that at least 2,588 children were sexually and emotionally abused during various domestic violence recorded in the state between August 2022 and July 2023.

The Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, stated this at a media briefing as part of activities to flag off the 2023 Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, themed ‘Not in my Lagos’.

Represented by the Executive Secretary, of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, she said that 40 per cent of the children have been taken through counselling programmes to ensure they can psychologically deal with the events they have witnessed without it having a permanent and negative impact on them.

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She said, “From August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023, the agency handled 5624 cases which are into two categories, adults and children.

“The agency now receives an average of 250 clients every month. For adults – 91 per cent of survivors were female, and nine per cent were male; while for children – 45 per cent of survivors were boys, 55 per cent, were girls.

“In the period under review, the Agency has provided services to seven persons with disabilities, who were experiencing one form of Gender-Based Violence or the other.

“The youngest child that experienced sexual violence was an 18-month-old baby, while the oldest client that experienced domestic violence was a 79-year-old woman.