The State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) at the weekend engaged Traditional rulers in the state on Sexual and Gender Based Violence and their role as Responders as a furtherance to its campaign against the dastardly act.
Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi who led the team to the meeting which had the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu and 30 other Obas in the state in attendance said as traditional rulers, the counsel they give to victims of rape, defilement and domestic violence and their family members can go a long way in making or marring a case.
She said, “This engagement was premised on the Governor’s desire to engage members of the community and relevant stakeholders about these crimes, enlighten them on the impact on the victim and the society and in most communities where these acts are being perpetrated, the first responders are usually traditional rulers.
“There have been several instances where victims have said that traditional rulers and other opinion leaders, who they hold in high regard, had convinced them in settling their matter out of court. The fact that these are crimes and the decision to discontinue a case can only be taken by the Attorney General was reiterated at the meeting”.