Lagos wants to enforce laws against rape

The Coordinator, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, is calling for the state make effort to enforce existing laws to deter perpetrators.

The coordinator pointed at the gaps in the laws and asked for an improvement or amendment to the law to prevent the defense counsel from taking advantage of them.

According to her, the Lagos State Criminal Law prescribes that defilement, rape and sexual assault by penetration will be are punishable via a life imprisonment, adding that a couple of life imprisonment judgments had been secured in recent times.

She added that the Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), had hinted on a comprehensive Victim and Witness Support Bill is being worked on. This was said to be critical aspects of the law.Additionally, she added that advocacy will be required to push the realization of the intention of the law. A great deal of reorientation of mindset, she added needs to be improved upon, as well as early engagement of our young ones to break the cycle of abuse.

Statistics obtained by one of our correspondents from DSVRT revealed that 256 cases bordering on rape, defilement and other forms of sexual harassment against adults and children were reported at the agency in 2019.

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