Dopemu-Agege Youths Embark on Awareness Rally Against Rape, Child Abuse, Gender Based Violence
In a statement sent to OduduwaNews today, Dopemu-Agege Youths said, “sexual violence is a menace that affects everybody emotionally and psychologically and a Walk Against Rape is an avenue to say NO to the menace in our communities.
Walk Against Rape is an opportunity for Lagosians to come together and raise awareness on sexual assault. Statistics shows that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 11 men will be raped in their lifetime and it is estimated that less than 20% of rape cases are reported to the police. The silence and stigmatization of rape victims in our society make rape victims feel dejected and neglected.
The main aim of Dopemu-Agege Youth Wing is to empower the victims, their friends, families and supporters to break the silence by staging a walk against rape together on the streets in order to send signal to the perpetrators that Lagos State frowns and condemns in totality any act of sexual harassment on our girl-child.
We have our aims and objectives as highlighted below:
Raising awareness in Agege on the need to curb any form of sexual violence.
Providing a space for the victims of sexual violence to preach love to them that they are not neglected and we care for them.
Educating communities about the means available to seek a redress and rehabilitation if anybody is assaulted asexually.
As Dopemu-Agege Youth Wing, we believe that no single individual, organization, foundation or business man can stop the epidemic of sexual assault alone but by collective responsibility we can stop the menace.
Speak out and you shall be heard. We say NO to rape and any form of sexual harassment.”