Lagos State Government through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has organized a two-day training on prevention and management of sexual assault for Doctors drawn from the State’s General Hospitals on best practices in the reportage of domestic and Sexual Violence cases (DSVC) brought to their facilities.
Welcoming participants to the training, the Executive Secretary, DSVA Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the training was necessary to ensure that the best practices was engaged when SGBVs are reported in their facilities, which according to her would aid investigation of such cases when the detailed report is presented as evidence in court. She urged the medical professionals to inform survivors of the State Government’s Sexual Intervention Fund, which provides access to free medical support and care at the designated General Hospitals.
Speaking at the training programme, one of the facilitators, Mrs Omotola Rotimi, Administrator General and Public Trustee of Lagos State Ministry of Justice, in her delivery, highlighted the need for availability of forensic facilities for evidence gathering and investigation, which will help enhance and hasten speedy dispensation of justice in domestic and sexual violence cases.
Mrs. Rotimi outlined the different forms of sexual assault and their respective punishment as applicable by law. She reiterated the fact that Rape, Defilement, Sexual Assault by Penetration attract up to life imprisonment.
Furthermore, Dr. Omoera Victoria, the State’s Reproductive Health Coordinator, Lagos State Ministry of Health, delivered an exposé on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, she highlighted the various struggles survivors face, post trauma, social stigmatisation of survivors as well as provision of psychosocial support services which would help boost survivors’ confidence, interaction and integration within and into the society.
Dr. Omoera advised health workers to be empathetic and show compassion towards survivors of the violence.
Still at the program Ms. Avril Euewu Edero, a Forensic Investigator trained the medical personnel on best practices to gather and preserve forensic evidence as soon as survivors present at the health facilities.
The State Government used this medium to reiterate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment in ensuring holistic care and support is provided to survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.