UPDATED: Lagos Govt Begins Rehabilitation Of S3x Offenders To Curb Gender Base Violence

Date: 16-05-2022 5:35 am (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 16-05-2022 05:35 AM (1 month ago)

Lagos State Government has begun provision of psychological support for willing sex offenders in a bid to curb segxwal and gender-based violence.

Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary of Lagos State Domestic and segxwal Violence Agency (DSVA), made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

Vivour-Adeniyi said that DSVA was carrying out the rehabilitation programme in partnership with the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, and the Institute of Counselling of Nigeria.

”It is aimed at mitigating the risk of recidivism by sex offenders.

“It is imperative that incarcerated adult sex offenders are rehabilitated and supported to reduce the possibility of them perpetrating the same crime if eventually they are reintegrated into the society,”
she said.

According to Vivour-Adeniyi, providing psychosocial support was in line with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to providing holistic response to segxwal and gender-based violence in the state.

She said that the programme was targeted at convicts from the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Kirikiri, Apapa, and Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi.

She said: “The programme which is held in sessions and groups is facilitated by a group of trained psychologists from DSVA and the Institute of Counselling on weekly basis."

According to her, inmates are expected to take responsibilities for their actions and be enlightened on healthy segxwality.

“Furthermore, inmates are armed with peer and professional support to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours that lead to inappropriate segxwal behaviours.

“The inmates would also learn specialised strategies to deal with segxwal addiction and segxwal compulsive behaviours, among many other positive coping skills.

“While the rehabilitation programme does not offer amnesty or excuse abusive acts, it seeks to reduce any recurrence of child segxwal abuse and rape cases from sex convicts in future,”
she added.

She said the Lagos State Government would continue to demonstrate commitment to winning the war against domestic and segxwal violence.

She encouraged affected inmates to take advantage of the support services which could be accessed DSVA’s toll-free number 08000333333.

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