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The Lagos DSVA is urging rape and sexual assault victims to speak out so that the perpetrators of such crimes are dealt with.

DSVA: Victims Of Rape and Sexual Assault Must Speak Up

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) is urging victims of rape and sexual assault to speak out and not remain silent on issues surrounding rape, in order to allow the law to take its proper course of action against perpetrators of the callous act.

This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, by the agency, urging survivors to break the culture of silence.

“Survivors are not alone; help is available. By speaking out and taking action, we can work together to end sexual assault and create a safer community for all,’’ the DSVA stated.

According to the agency, sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can leave survivors feeling lonely and unsure of what to do next.

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Also, the DSVA advised victims to take some bold steps after being abused to aid an effective investigation.

“Do not bathe or change your clothes as preserving evidence is crucial for a successful investigation. If your alleged perpetrator used a condom and you have it, do not destroy it as it can be important evidence in a suit.

“Immediately seek medical attention at a designated health facility to address any injury and preserve evidence. Report the assault to the police as soon as possible,’’ it advised.

However, sexual assault is an act of violence that is by definition against the victim’s will. The victim is forced to submit to genital, oral, and/or anal sexual acts and often due to aggression, abuse, and degradation.

It is also an emotionally charged issue that is laced with medical, social, political, and legal undertones.