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Government urges support for rape, domestic violence victims

The Lagos State Government has asked residents to support victims of rape and domestic violence.

The Director of the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, said women should be protected because they play crucial roles in nation building.

Adeyemi spoke during a sensitisation and enlightenment programme to celebrate the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.

A statement on Monday by the Director, Public Affairs, OPD, Mr Mamud Hassan, noted that the 2019 celebration was themed, ‘Generation Equality Stands against Rape.’

The statement added that the walk was to reawaken the conscience of members of the public to the plight of women, girls, children and other vulnerable members in society.

The OPD director was quoted to have vowed that rapists, perpetrators of violence against women and abusers of human rights would have no hiding place in Lagos.

“According to her, the Lagos State Government is seriously concerned about the increase in the incidents of rape and the culture of silence, which has made it difficult for survivors to get justice.

“The director encouraged victims of rape to speak out in order to remove veils from the faces of perpetrators,” the statement added.

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