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LAGOS: 2,588 children sexually abused in one year – Govt

THE Lagos State government revealed yesterday that at least 2,588 children were sexually and emotionally abused as a result of various domestic violence incidences that occurred in the state between August 2022 and July 2023.

Titilayo Shitta-Bey, Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General, revealed this at a media conference as part of events to kick off the 2023 Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, entitled “Not in my Lagos.”

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi also added that 40% of those children have been taken through counselling programs to ensure they can psychologically deal with the events they have witnessed without having a permanent and negative impact on them.

Shitta-Bey said: “From August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023, the agency has 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, 9 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 7 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.

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