DSVRT hails 60-year jail term for convicted rapist, urges survivors to speak out
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has hailed the judgment given by Justice Sybil Nwaka in the case of the defilement of a two-year-old pupil of a Lagos-based private school.
The convicted rapist, Adegboyega Adeneka was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment, a jail term the anti-rape body deemed appropriate. Speaking with The Guardian, coordinator, DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi commended Justice Nwaka and the state ministry of justice for their commitment towards seeing the matter to a conclusion and ensuring justice prevailed. She added that this judgment would give survivors hope to come forward, knowing that support is available.
She commended the little girl and her mother for their strength and determination throughout the process, acknowledging that it was a very difficult process for the family.
“They showed outstanding courage and have been the voice of other survivors and everyone in the fight against domestic and sexual violence.”
She went on to urge other survivors to speak up despite societal beliefs, misconceptions and unfavourable norms as evil thrives only in silence and healing can only take place when people speak out. Adeniyi urged survivors to reach out to them through their numerous toll-free channels, promising that they will be heard and will pursue justice together.
The anti-rape advocate promised not to rest until the state is rid of the menace of sexual and gender-based violence and people that are deemed the ‘weak’ of the society get justice.