By Gabriel Olawale
IN a bid to curtail the excesses of sexual violence in the country, Ajegunle Community Project (ACP) is urging victims to speak out as a way of safeguarding against such ugly incidents in the future and its consequences.
Making the call at a one -day sensitisation workshop on Role Model monitoring for Youth on Gender-based Violence Against the Girl – Childâ€ for s16 Schools in Ajegunle community area of Lagos, the Executive Director of ACP, Mrs. Olushola Akai maintained that in a situation where sexual violence are experienced, it is advisable to report the incident to appropriate bodies to avoid other unknown dangers.Â According to her, â€œMany things are at stake in the case of sexual abuse.
These include mental torment, self perception, self confidence, psychological trauma, including economic of the nation. Some victims cannot get back to normal life after the harrowing experience of sexual violence. Usually the abuser or violator resorts to pressuring or threatening the girl to keep quiet about the ugly incident.â€
Akai who noted that sexual violence is unwholesome and may constitute health problems, decried that it is both a crime and public healthy issue.
She said â€œThis sexual violence against girl and women are mostly result from unequal power relatives and resources between men and women.
Olushola condemned a situation where people find it so difficult to report for some reasons that are less important. Listing the consequences of sexual violence.
â€œThese include unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, sexually dysfunction amongst others.
She further encouraged the girl child to report the incident to parents or trusted adult or a doctor instead of remaining silent.