01 Aug What can you do about SGBV?
Gender-Based Violence (GBV), sometimes also referred to as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is any harmful act of sexual, physical, psychological, mental, and emotional abuse that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (i.e. gender) differences between males and females.
WHO is at risk?
GBV crosses all boundaries of class, sex, age, ethnicity religion, belief and disability. Although men also experience GBV, reports show that women and girls experience SGBV more than men and boys. Women and girls with disability face higher levels of risk due to their disability.
What are the forms of SGBV?
Various forms of GBV include: rape (marital or not), sexual harassment, sexual abuse, child marriage, female genital cutting, femicide etc
Where does SGBV happen?
SGBV can take place in homes, schools, shops, streets, places of work etc
What are the effects of SGBV
HIV/AIDS, Trauma, depression, anxiety, abortion, pregnancy complications, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse eating and sleep disorder etc
How can SGBV be prevented and what can I do to help?
Many people worry that they will be “interfering” if they get involved, or that it is a ‘private matter’, but that is wrong, prevention of SGBV is EVERYBODY’s business!
Do not ignore or cover up any case of SGBV.
Call us or send a text or WhatsApp message on:
+234 805 658 3492
to report any case of sexual or domestic abuse.
What do you do after being raped?
Report to the police. Go to a Hospital within 72 hours and request for a Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to be conducted. PEP is a treatment that can be given to prevent HIV/AIDS infection.
To get justice for SGBV
A medical Report is needed as an evidence in court
Please don’t take your bath after rape
Request for forensic examination as soon as possible
Keep your torn cloth or pant as an exhibit
Report to the nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre
To tackle this menace in Nigeria, The Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act was enacted in 2015 (VAPP Act 2015). This Act prohibits all forms of violence against persons in private and public life, and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders and related matters.
The VAPP Act has been passed in some states and in the Act a person commits rape if he or she penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with any part of his body or anything else, and without the consent of the other person.
The NAPTIP who is the custodian of the VAPP ACT, with support from has developed in line with the provisions of (S.1(4) and section 40 (2) of the VAPP ACT, a tool to Name and shame sexual offenders while providing support to victims and survivors, deterring repeat offending. This tool is the digital platform housing the sex offender register and the service provider register.
Make a pledge today to SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
NAMING AND SHAMING SEX OFFENDERS, PROTECTING SURVIVORS
SEX ABUSE IS CLOSER TO YOU THAN YOU THINK
Speak out, Speak up!
FIGHT YOUR DEMONS NOT THE INNOCENT!