In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, September, 2020

Victims Of Sexual Abuse Ought to Not Be Blamed For Harassment -Vice President, Osinbajo

Victims Of Sexual Abuse Should Not Be Blamed For Harassment -Vice President, Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that rape victims shouldn’t be subjected to harrassment and blame.

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

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

A press release launched by Laolu Akande, the Vice President’s media aide learn;

‘OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

PRESS RELEASE

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 angle, dressing or willingness to be in a compromising place with their violators is fallacious and ought to be resisted in each scenario. The sufferer should all the time be seen because the sufferer and to not be blamed”.

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.

Based on him, “the sufferer should all the time 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 permit that notion to persist.”

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 permit 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 folks will argue bribe is a bribe and there’s no motive why the punishment for intercourse because the forex of the bribe, ought to be stricter than an extraordinary 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 significantly handle the issue.

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He mentioned: “to make sure that each college 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 pupil/lecturer interactions.

“It can be crucial that these are clearly outlined in moral pointers which can be contained in some paperwork that folks can seek advice from and see. It can be crucial 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 protected 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?

Based on him, “there are clearly many instances 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 are going to 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 are going to neither get a sympathetic nor understanding listening to, not to mention justice, and that they are going to 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 would attend talking up.”

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“I feel that in guaranteeing that we create protected areas, we should do no less than the fundamentals, which is offering the help and sources they should report abusers. Each establishment should make it straightforward for victims or potential victims to report perpetrators to trusted formal constructions or safe channels created particularly for the aim of resolving such instances,” the Vice President added.

Prof. Osinbajo additionally advisable 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 Woman of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi; and the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbode.

In the meantime, in one other growth, 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 the direction of boosting the nation’s financial base.

The Vice President said this on Wednesday at a digital Residents’ Dialogue on the Inexperienced Crucial Venture. The Inexperienced Crucial Venture 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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