The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has organised a one-day symposium themed: “Trauma to Triumph”, to spotlight survivors of domestic and sexual violence in commemoration of the DSVA awareness month.
In her address at the event held on Wednesday at the Providence Hotel, Ikeja, the Executive Secretary of DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi disclosed that recent statistics have shown that the vast majority of reported cases of domestic and sexual violence were perpetrated against women by men.
She said this was also in tandem with global data which indicates that domestic and sexual violence often takes the form of male perpetration and female victimisation.
Vivour-Adeniyi explained that the theme was specifically selected due to the realisation that there is a need for survivors to be encouraged to speak up and that there is life after such experiences.
Her words, “We have selected today as a day to celebrate you all, our SHEROES, for the tenacity and grit you have shown. You have stood against all odds, and you are still standing”.
“The agenda for this programme has been curated to ensure that all survivors present today feel celebrated and are further empowered and emboldened to continue to navigate life unto Triumph even after the Traumatic experience”.
“Again, I would like to remind us all that it’s our collective responsibility to challenge the factors that enable the menace of sexual and gender-based violence to thrive in our society. It’s on all of us to ensure that Domestic & Sexual abuse and all forms of sexual harassment are eradicated in our society.
“Please be aware of portals available to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Lagos State such as the DSVA toll-free line: 0800-033-3333/ 0813-796-0048”, she stated.
The event had over 70 participants in attendance and some survivors took advantage of the on-the-spot, free clinical psychosocial support and therapy sessions made available by the Agency. Free legal advice was also provided by the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP).