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Lawyer advocates free medical services for rape, gender-based violence, sexual assaults victims

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A senior state prosecution counsel in Cross River State Ministry of Justice, Blessing Egwu Obin, has advocated free medical providers for victims of rape, gender-based violence and sexual assaults.

She spoke throughout a Highlight Initiative occasion in Calabar over the weekend that survivors, and within the case of minors, their mother and father and guardians typically abandon them because of the incapability to pursue the instances or afford medical charges.

She stated that there was enhance in instances of GBV, rape and assaults within the state, emphasising that it’s now alarming.

She, nevertheless, bemoaned the truth that most of such instances typically go unreported because of the worry of shedding a face or being attacked by perpetrators.

The senior counsel suggested that individuals needs to be sensitised to be reporting these instances to the authorities to allow the state comply with up, punish the place needed and scale back the prevalence within the state.

“Circumstances of sexual abuses and gender-based Violence are rising however sadly, many aren’t reported. Individuals and survivors ought to summon braveness to doc these instances and report them to he police immediately.

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“Cross River can’t condone sexual violence. Individuals also needs to be properly sensitised about what helps to get when their plights are reported. Ignorance and lack of training are the bane of victims. These crimes are towards the state.

“We discovered that many victims are unable to fund prosecution and medical bills. We wish to say that survivors needs to be handled freed from cost.”

Obin stated they’ve secured greater than 10 convictions this 12 months, but, sustaining that they’re successful the struggle.

Additionally talking, director of social welfare within the state ministry of humanity, Elizabeth Uquak stated in 2020, there have been 1026 instances of GBV and rape whereas 395 have been reported between January and Might 2021.

She stated that steady sensitisation is ongoing to stem such abuses in colleges, households and communities.

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