784,413 children are sexually abused in Lagos yearly – Tinubu

| March 31, 2017

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The senator representing Lagos Central federal constituency and wife of All Progressive Congress National Leader, Remi Tinubu, has said that over 700,000 children in the state are sexually abused annually.

Tinubu disclosed this at the inauguration of the Cece Yara Advocacy Centre in Gbagada.

According to her, two out of  five children who participated in a needs assessment survey conducted in 20 local council development areas in Lagos,  identified abuse as the most significant problem they face in their community while one in three kids do not tell anyone about things that sadden them.

Tinubu said, “We are faced with a worrying situation. The prevalence of child sexual abuse is generally high on the world stage and particularly in Nigeria. We looked at the statistics and realised that 784,413 children in the state experience sexual abuse every year and this means that 2,149 children every day.

“This is sobering and ending child sexual abuse is an imperative for our governments, communities and importantly all of us.”

Tinubu, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, noted that the centre was established to accommodate and rehabilitate as well as cater to the physical, mental and psychological needs of sexually abused children in a confidential manner.

The Assistant Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Grace Ketefe, urged parents and caregivers to report cases of abuse without any fear of being stigmatised.

Other dignitaries at the event were the Coordinator, Domestic Sexual Violence Response Team, Mrs. Lola Vivour-Adeniyi; the Acting Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye and the Director, Office of the Public Defence, Olubukola Rotimi.

 

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