Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State Signing the Bill on Child Victims of Sexual Abuse into Law in Ado-Ekiti Photo: RadioNigeriaIbadan

Ekiti endorses bill on sexual violence against children

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Following rampant cases of child abuse, sexual and other gender-based violence in the country of late, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria, has signed a bill into law, making treatment and care compulsory for child victims of sexual abuse in the state.

Governor Fayemi, while signing the bill in the Government House, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Friday, June 5 lamented the rising cases of sexual abuse in the state, reports Channels TV.

According to the governor, there is a need for legal reviews to prioritise the interest and welfare of victims.

Fayemi called for a more effective prosecution of sex offenders, stressing the need for a national consensus on rape he described as a monster.

With the Sexual Violence Against Children (Compulsory Treatment and Care) Law 2020, a child victim will have rapid access to relevant medical facility for emergency care and infection treatment.

Other provisions in the new law include compulsory report of incident to relevant authorities by care givers, safekeeping of records of victims at medical facilities, and order of restitution among others.

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