Last Friday, advocates against child and sexual abuse in Nigeria commemorated the first year, a community-based-approach to curb such menaces took off in four rural communities in Abuja. The event, attended by government officials, community members and health advocates, was organised to take stock of how the initiative fared, its progress and limitations one year on.
Launched by the Sexual Offences Awareness and Response (SOAR) with funding from the European Union under the rule of law and anti-corruption programme – RoLAC, the initiative was aimed at breaking the endless cycle of sexual and violent crimes against women and children.
Children who received courses on issues such as sexual and child abuse, HIV and breaking a ‘culture of silence’ were less likely to be a victim of rape — or a perpetrator, according to a recent Human Science Research Council survey in Africa.
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