A non-profit organization, Leadership Initiative For Youth Empowerment, LIFE, believes that training and social facilitation for adolescent boys and girls to curb gender-based violence is urgently needed.
LIFE says there is an increasing trends in the menace of sexual abuse and molestation of innocent children in many communities across the country.
According to a spokesperson for the organization, Omolola Oni, news about this disturbing trend inundate the media everyday and people must be boldy encouraged to speak out and curb the ill practice for the good of everyone.
According to her, keeping silent over this unholy act would not only aggravate the situation but emboldened the perpetrators.
She stressed that silence over evil is a form of consent and that everyone who abhors evil must speak out and encourage others to do same.
“Of course there are ways one can report evil deeds to relevant authorities and still live safe in the society. We understand the fear of some persons regarding speaking against any evil practice. (Fear of the unknown) but we must not shy away or pretend we’re not aware of it,” she charged.
It is to this end that LIFE organized a 3 day training workshop for young people towards becoming advocates and Change agents in their various communities.
Many of the youths who were drawn from communities across Lagos state where these evil practice are common have now agreed to report all forms of sexual abuses and molestation observed in their localities to appropriate authorities.
The training exposed the youths to procedures and techniques in Advocacy. They were also taught how to engage law enforcement agencies, particularly the Human Rights desk of the Nigeria Police.