The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA has embarked on it’s sensitization programs across communities in the State as the Advocacy team of its Community Engagement Department set in motion SGBV advocacy across Sogunle, Mafoluku and Oshodi central communities which commenced from the 25th to 27th of October, 2023
The Executive Secretary, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said that reaching these communities was crucial for collaborative efforts in the fight against all forms of abuses and violence was necessary to continually put these issues on the front burner.
Vivour Adeniyi maintained that the dedicated team from the Lagos DSVA engaged the community by addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) issues, including Domestic Violence, Child Neglect, Consent, Rape, and Defilement.
She said SGBV and all forms of abuse were still grappling issues that the State Government had continued to harp on it’s Zero Tolerance stance.
Speaking through Community Engagement Officer, Kafayat Salami, she noted that perpetrators could get life imprisonment, 25 years or more if found guilty, hence the need to warn intending perpetrators that they would be prosecuted and pleas on basis of ignorance would be dis-countenanced.
Also highlighted were the availability of various free support services provided by the State Government, such as medical, legal assistance, empowerment programs, psycho-social support, rescue and shelter.
CDA representative’s from each communities appreciated the team for bringing the zero messages to their respective communities and assured the agency that they will also play their part as Mandated Reporters by reporting all forms of abuse in their communities by calling the toll-free line :08000333333.
The CDA Chairman (Oshodi central) – Mr. Okanlawon Yusuf Jide, CDA Chairperson (Mafoluku) Mr. Ogunsanya, CDA Chairpersons (Sogunle) –
Chief A.R. Morenikeji
Comrade Samson Agbetoye was also present at the event.