Lagos intensifies campaign against domestic, sexual violence, inducts members of Kings Club
Lagos State Domestic and sexual violence Agency (DSVA) in the continuous campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), has inducted members into ‘KINGS CLUB’ across Lagos.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who performed the induction, at Oregun road Ikeja, said it has become a call for all and that Nigerians have a role to play to stop SGBV.
“The kings club initiative is essential for the re-orientation of young students and their peers to avoid violence in all forms, particularly bullying and body shaming. This will also encourage the young students to speak up and report to the nearest authority in the case of acts of inappropriate behaviour,” he said.
While congratulating DSVA on the initiative, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Jubril Onigbanjo (SAN) emphasised that statistics revealed that in Nigeria 1 in 8 boys experience at least one violent encounter before the age of 18, while 61per cent of the affected child does not know where to seek assistance or services.
He added that the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in partnership with the Nigeria correctional service have also embarked on research with a view to unraveling the tactics used by sex offenders through profiling.
Speaking with one of the facilitators, Mr. Adedayo Adetunji, young students have been trained on anger management, peaceful manner of communication, peaceful negotiation and lobbying.
Adebayo said: “They were thought respect for the other sex and sex education and gender role. It was an initiative to get to the grassroots and make the young students leaders of tomorrow and they go back to their various schools as ambassadors to teach their mates.”
One of the students, Kukoyi Heritage from Ojodu Junior high school, Ojodu, said he was privileged to be part of the first ambassadors of the Kings club initiative.
He said he has learnt so much to grow from boy to man, avoid violence and exhibit positive masculinity from Agindingbi Senior Grammar school, said he has learnt how to make his environment a better place and avoid toxic masculinity.