JUST IN: 279 children sexually abused in Lagos in 2018 — Report

No fewer than 279 children were sexually abused in Lagos State in 2018, a report released by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has indicated.

According to the 2018 DSVRT report highlighting the cases of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Lagos State, there was an increase of 134 per cent in documented cases in 2018 compared with 2017.

According to the said report, “a total number of 2,356 cases, including 1,750 domestic violence cases, 279 child abuse cases, 78 defilement cases, 44 rape cases, 51 attempted rape cases and 154 other cases were handled compared to the 1,044 cases treated in the preceding year.”

Quoting from the 2018 statistics as indicated in the report, it said “the team received 840 genuine reports via the 6820 emergency short code.”

The report also highlighted that “the use of the 6,820 platform helps in breaking the initial barrier of people not wanting to make a formal report at an office or police station.”It enables direct interaction with survivors and concerned witnesses and helps in taking vital steps in dealing with a case.”

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