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Sexual Abuse In Tertiary Institutions, IDPs Camps Disturbing – Prof Donli

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Gender activist, Prof Patricia Donli  has described as disturbing the prevalence of gender-based violence  such as sexual abuse and rape in most tertiary institutions as well as the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps. Prof Donli disclosed this at a one-day training support for lecturers and administrators on Leadership and Protection of Female Students Against Gender Based Violence(GBV) in tertiary institutions in Borno state organised  by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre(WARDC) held in Maiduguri.

Donli noted that in some of the tertiary institutions involved,lecturers sexually exploit students, students abuse themselves and the non-teaching staff embark on violation of students under the watchful eyes of the various school administrations. She urged the media to scale up reportage of gender based violence and as well urged victims of sexual violence to cry out whenever they are abused so that the authorities would prosecute the culprits. She said:”

Sex for marks, rape and all forms of sexual abuse is everywhere in our tertiary institutions.It is under-reported, may be because of the stigma that is attached to it. May be the feeling that even if it is reported,nothing comes out of it. “It is happening everywhere.Lecturers are sexually exploiting and abusing students, students are abusing themselves with non-teaching Staff also violating students.

“Sexual harassment, rape and others are taking place in all our higher institutions. It is a cause for us to be concerned, especially as parents,mothers and fathers. One thing we have to take into cognisance when talking about sexual harassment in our institutions is the fact that whether you are a lecturer or nonteaching staff,we have the responsibility to look after the children that are under us.

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