Sex offenders in Lagos state will henceforth get psychosocial support from the state’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA).
According to reports, the offenders’ rehabilitation program, organized in partnership with the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, and the Institute of Counselling of Nigeria, is aimed at curbing sexual and gender-based violence in society.
According to a statement issued on Sunday night, May 15, by the Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs. Titilayo Vivour-Adeniyi, it was stated that the support became necessary to reduce the possibility of incarcerated adult sex offenders perpetrating the same crime when they are reintegrated into the society.
The program which is held in sessions and groups is facilitated by trained psychologists from DSVA and the Institute of Counseling on a weekly basis. Inmates are expected to take responsibility for their actions and be enlightened on healthy sexuality.