Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode says curbing domestic violence, sexual assaults and other related cases is a joint responsibility of the Government and the Public, especially the Non- Governmental Organizations.
Governor Ambode maintained that all residents in the State must support and collaborate with the State government in its efforts to eradicate the scourge of all forms of domestic violence in order to save the victims, adding that the present administration is determined to sustain its zero tolerance policy against the despicable act.
He stated this at an event organized by “Partnership for Justice”, a Non- Governmental Organization, to mark the 4th year anniversary of the establishment of its Sexual Assault Referral Centre – Mirabel Centre.
Represented at the programme by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, Ambode commended the organization for playing a lead role in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as its collaboration with the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to provide necessary support for victims.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Partner of the organisation, Mrs. Itoro Eze- Anaba disclosed that Mirabel Centre which commenced operations in 2013, is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) established and managed by the organization.
She commended the State Government, particularly the Ministries of Justice, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Youth and Social Development, Office of Public Defender, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and other partners for their support while soliciting for more cooperation.
The highlight of the event was the review of a new publication of the Centre titled, “Rape: Breaking the Silence and Saving lives” – An Analysis of Data on Rape and Sexual Assault between June 2013 – March 2017 by Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and Chairperson, Advisory Board “Partnership for Justice”.