Sexual offenders register is a database that contains public record information on persons classified as sexual offenders. This is one of the means of preventing sexual abuse and assaults. It is a way of taming the predators.
According to UN report, sexual violence against women is endemic, affecting one in three women globally.
In the words of Pramila Patten, the U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, “sexual violence continues to be used to spread fear and assert control. It remains a cruel tactic of torture, terror and political repression, a brutally effective tool of displacement and dehumanization. The response continues to be slow; impunity remains the rule and justice the rare exception.”
The response is slow because many countries are yet to have mechanism to curb the act and victims are left to live with the pains.
Public access to information about registered sexual offenders is intended solely as a means of public protection. Knowing that a person in your neighbourhood is a registered sexual offender could be a significant factor in protecting yourself, your family members, or persons in your care from possible harm from sex.
Services for survivors are inadequate and the stigma so intense that in some places, women choose to live with their abusers rather than face families and communities that shame them because they were raped. So it is important that communities get to understand that sexual violence is a crime and the people who commit these crimes are the perpetrators, to be avoided or prosecuted or both.
Other mechanisms include sexual assault referrals. Presently there are 15 of these centres in Nigeria. This is a one-stop centre to tackle issues of sexual violence. This is where a victim can as well get free medical examination and social counselling. Lawyer to help in prosecuting the case could be accessed. Again, the centre can as well help to treat and tame offenders due to psychological disorder.
Campusaga Media also gathered that NAPTIP could be called on an emergency number to come to the rescue of a victim of sexual violence. The number to dial is #267# on Airtel.
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