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The Lagos State Education District II has advocated for students to be enlightened about rape and domestic violence as part of the government’s efforts to eradicate the menace.
According to a statement on Tuesday, the District’s Permanent Secretary, Anike Adekanye, disclosed this during an advocacy programme for students as part of activities to commemorate the 2022 Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Lagos
She said, “The high rate of rape and sexual violence prevalent in the society is condemnable and this awareness programme was designed to raise students’ consciousness, considering their susceptibility to incidents of rape and other forms of abuse.
“Lagos State is very competent in handling these issues but there is a cultural and entitlement mentality that we must end as we all join hands to stop rape and all forms of domestic violence.
“I commend Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for committing resources towards securing the lives and dignity of students in all public schools across the state, and also the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, for always fighting the cause of the students and working hard to uplift the education sector.
“I implore all social workers, guidance counsellors and security officials in schools under District II to be vigilant to all forms of abuse among the students. I also enjoin all relevant stakeholders to play their parts in their various homes, schools, religious institutions and offices towards ensuring that Lagos is free from all social vices, especially rape and domestic violence.”