DSVRT takes rape prevention campaign to Unilag, LASU
In a bid to ensure continuous sensitization of students on sexual harassment and safety on campus, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) recently engaged students of both the University of Lagos and Lagos State University. The sensitization was done during orientation programme for fresh students recently admitted into both schools.
The team spoke on “Prevention of Rape and Sexual Assault on Campus” as statistics revealed that freshers are at a greater risk of being sexually abused on campus due to perceived naivety and an initial lack of safety awareness within campus or red flags they should be wary of. They were also informed of what consent entails and understanding that it is freely given, reversible and specific.
The team also used this opportunity to address the criminality of sexual harassment making it clear that students should report lecturers and people in authority in the respective institutions who solicit for sexual favours or make unwelcome sexual advances that affect the students’ educational opportunity or create intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment as sexual harassment is both a civil and criminal offence.
The students were also enlightened on the appropriate channels through which reports of such acts can be made and were advised to report immediately to their course adviser, counsellor or dean of student’s affairs.
The orientation expatiated on the legal provision on sexual abuse in Lagos State. The students were also reminded that rape and sexual assault by penetration carry life imprisonment whilst sexual harassment is three years imprisonment.
The presentation also elaborated on safety measures to take on campus, in social settings and the steps to be taken if a student falls victim. The students also received information education communication materials with relevant contact details and quick steps to take in case of an emergency.
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