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Domestic, Sexual Violence: Agency urges rape victims to speak out

Domestic, Sexual Violence: Agency urges rape victims to speak out

 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has appealed to victims of abuses to speak and enable action to be taken against perpetrators of rape.

In a statement issued in Ikeja on Thursday, the agency urged survivors to break the culture of silence.

“Survivors are not alone; help is available; by speaking out and taking action we can work together to end sexual assault and create a safer community for all,’’ it stated.

According to the agency, sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can leave survivors feeling lonely, and unsure of what to do next.

It advised victims to take certain steps after being abused.

“Do not bathe or change your clothes; preventing evidence is crucial for a successful investigation.

“If your alleged perpetrator used a condom and you have it, do not destroy it; this can be important evidence in a suit.

“Immediately seek medical attention at a designated health facility to address any injury and preserve evidence.

“Report the assault to the police as soon as possible,’’ it advised.

It added that a victim or anyone who knew someone that had been sexually abused should report by calling the agency’s toll-free line – 08000333333 for assistance.

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