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In Edo: 20 convicted, 150 rape, sexual cases reported

THE Edo State Coordinator of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Charity Ebosele, has said 150 cases of rape and sexual violence have been reported, while 20 people have been convicted.



Speaking at a sensitisation programme on Friday organised by the Edo State National Orientation Agency on the topic ‘Curbing of the Increasing Wave of Rape and Gender-Based Violence’, called on men to stop all form of violence against women.

While noting that forcefully having canal knowledge of a woman remains a grievous offence, she, however, said there were also cases of women sexually abusing men, but noted that, this was not often reported.


She said, “There is no day in the country that rape and sexual violence cases are not reported. Some victims also do not report cases because of how the society will look at them. But I say that the shame is on the perpetrators not the victims.”

Also delivering a lecture on ‘The National Action Against Drug Abuse: Trafficking and other Social Vices’, the Public Relations Officer of NDLEA in the state, Ofoyeju Mitchell, said the use of hard drugs would damage organs of the body, lead to depression and psychosis as well as early death.

He said, “An estimated 192m people used cannabis in 2018, making it the most used drug globally. In comparison, 58m people used opioids in 2018, which accounted for 66 per cent of the estimated 167,000 deaths related to drug use disorder in 2017.

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