Don wants journalists to champion fight against sexual abuse




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ABUJA –  Dean, faculty of Public , College of Medicine, University of , Prof. Ademola Ajuwon, has media to champion fight against in country. Ajuwon made call at a Media Professional Stakeholder’s organised by a non-governmental organisation, Population Council, in Abuja .

He said journalists liaise with , particularly among adolescents to inform and educate them how to address the problem.

“Journalists latest research findings in ways that educate the public the challenge posed by .

“They set agenda for public discussion through accurate reporting in order to change stigma associated with rape in Nigeria. [eap_ad_1] “Adolescents are both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Both males and females are affected by sexual abuse, but females are the worse hit,” he said.

According to him, rape is under- to law enforcement agencies, thereby making victims suffer in silence.

He said that a well-planned intervention could prevent and reduce impacts of sexual violence.

The Director, Media Concern Initiative, Dr Princess Olufemi-Kayode, said that sexual violence should be addressed in all its ramifications.

Olufemi-Kayode, therefore, recommended the review of existing laws, training and update trainings as well as paradigm shift regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs and behaviour toward sexual violence.

She also said that there should be a comprehensive programming and need for an ongoing research to evaluate efficacy of programming to also address sexual violence nationwide. (NAN)

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