Alarmed by the growing cases of sexual abuse in the society, a non-governmental organisation, Anneozeng Ogozi Aid Foundation (AOAF), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen institutions saddled with the responsibility of curbing gender based violence throughout the country in order to curb the menace of sexual abuse.
The founder, Anneozeng Ogozi Aid Foundation (AOAF), Mrs Anneozeng Ogozi, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
According Ogozi, sexual abuse is a grave offence under several sections of Nigeria criminal code, adding that UNICEF has reported that one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18.
Ogozi said, “It’s important that the government strengthens its institutions throughout the country in order to curb the menace of sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse in Nigeria is a grave offence under several sections of Nigeria criminal code.
“UNICEF has reported that as of 2015, one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent.”
She added that, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been forced to close down, this means that over 17 million children are at home according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute.
“The staying at home of children due to the coronavirus crisis has served to exacerbate the problem for many children living with abusers. According to the Inspector-General of Police of Nigeria, a total of 717 rape cases have been reported between January and May 2020.”
The Anneozeng Ogozi Aid Foundation (AOAF) is a non governmental organisation that is making efforts to educate children on sexual abuse.