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Sexual Abuse Victims Ought to Not Be Blamed For Harassment – Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has decried the blame sexual abuse victims are subjected to.

Talking at a webinar on Anti-Sexual Harassment themed “Discovering Secure Areas for Feminine College students in Nigerian Universities” and organized by the Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife, the Vice President said that victims should at all times be seen as victims and to not be blamed.

Osinbajo averred that victims of sexual abuse usually are not the architects of their destiny particularly by their perspective, dressing or willingness to be in a compromising place with their violators.

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WE REJECT NOTION THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE, SAYS OSINBAJO

*Provides: “offenders ought to be visited with the strictest doable penalties”

The notion that victims or potential victims of sexual harassment are architects of their destiny particularly by their perspective, dressing or willingness to be in a compromising place with their violators is mistaken and ought to be resisted in each state of affairs. The sufferer should at all times be seen because the sufferer and to not be blamed.

This was the views of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in his contributions on Wednesday at a webinar on Anti-Sexual Harassment themed “Discovering Secure Areas for Feminine College students in Nigerian Universities”, organized by the Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife. The occasion was based mostly on the guide authored by notable journalist and former presidential spokesman, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, titled NAKED ABUSE: SEX FOR GRADES IN AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES.

In response to him, “the sufferer should at all times be seen because the sufferer. There can’t be an excuse, particularly given the ability configuration between college students and lecturers, that the sufferer might have in some way invited the abuse upon themselves. I feel it is a vital consideration to be made and we should not enable that notion to persist.”

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Advocating stricter punishments for rape offenders particularly in conditions involving lecturers and their feminine college students, Prof. Osinbajo mentioned “there can’t be an excuse particularly given the ability configuration between college students and lecturers that the sufferer might have in some way invited the abuse upon themselves. I feel it is a vital consideration to be made and we should not enable that notion to persist.”

Persevering with, the Vice President mentioned “there may be additionally the comparability typically made between demanding bribes for service and intercourse for grades. Typically individuals will argue bribe is a bribe and there’s no cause why the punishment for intercourse because the forex of the bribe, ought to be stricter than an strange bribe.”

Referring to Adeniyi’s guide, Prof. Osinbajo mentioned creating and adhering to a set of moral codes of conduct for conversations and interactions involving lecturers and college students in universities would enormously handle the issue.

He mentioned: “to make sure that each school and college students are sufficiently clear in regards to the points and guidelines, there’s a want for a code of conduct or moral pointers based mostly on greatest practices in applicable scholar/lecturer interactions.

“It will be significant that these are clearly outlined in moral pointers which might be contained in some paperwork that folks can confer with and see. It will be significant each for the lecturer and the coed that there’s some reference to some code of conduct.”

Talking additional on methods of resolving points round sexual harassment in Nigerian universities, Prof. Osinbajo mentioned the seek for solutions to creating secure areas for feminine college students in universities should start from the query of why is it that such an evidently rampant crime is so under-reported?

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In response to him, “there are clearly many circumstances of people that share their anecdotal experiences with out essentially reporting to the authorities. I feel the reply is clearly that this low reportability is on account of the truth that many victims don’t really feel assured that they may get redress, or that they are going to be handled pretty or that they won’t be visited with the identical fearful penalties that was the topic of the demand within the first place.

“The concern that they may neither get a sympathetic nor understanding listening to, not to mention justice, and that they may find yourself struggling the identical penalties the predator had threatened would happen if they didn’t undergo their calls for. Then there may be after all, the disgrace and stigma that might attend talking up.”

“I feel that in guaranteeing that we create secure areas, we should do at the least the fundamentals, which is offering the assist and assets they should report abusers. Each establishment should make it straightforward for victims or potential victims to report perpetrators to trusted formal buildings or safe channels created particularly for the aim of resolving such circumstances,” the Vice President added.

Prof. Osinbajo additionally beneficial the adoption of a compulsory “well-thought-out whistleblower course of emphasizing confidentiality, skilled authorized and medical assist for victims or potential victims.”

Dignitaries who additionally spoke on the webinar in addition to Adeniyi, the Visitor Speaker, included the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; the First Girl of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi; and the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbode.

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In the meantime, in one other improvement, Prof. Osinbajo has underscored the synergy between the legislature and the chief in supporting insurance policies and programmes of the administration particularly these geared in direction of boosting the nation’s financial base.

The Vice President said this on Wednesday at a digital Residents’ Dialogue on the Inexperienced Crucial Challenge. The Inexperienced Crucial Challenge is a bilateral initiative between the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and the Brazilian authorities to develop Nigeria’s agricultural manufacturing base by means of a mechanization programme that’s unfold throughout the 774 Native Authorities Areas within the nation.

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