S€X DEMAND (SEXTORTION) IN EXCHANGE FOR FAVOUR IS CRIMINAL OFFENCE – CISLAC

S€X DEMAND (SEXTORTION) IN EXCHANGE FOR FAVOUR IS CRIMINAL OFFENCE – CISLAC

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

The team of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) says demand for sexual aggrandizement from vulnerable persons in exchange for favour practiced by persons in tertiary institutions and circular society is a criminal offence; and perpetrators are liable and should be prosecuted.

This was disclosed by CISLAC team as they sensitized students in tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom States, today.

According to the team, the sensitization programme was embarked upon to educate students, especially female gender in tertiary institutions, who are the most vulnerable of the abuse, of their rights and educate them of the available HELP platforms established for complaints, counselling, therapy and referrals for emotional health of victims.

In an overview presentation of what CISLAC stands for, Bathsheba Tagwai said there is an HELP App called TIMBY developed by the organisation which can be downloaded from Google playstore. The web address is: http//sextortion.timby.org.

The App according to her is to forward complaints of abuse, seek counselling, therapy for the emotionally abused victims and also for referrals to appropriate institutions for needed help.

On his part, Emmanuel Ebu showed the students step-by-step workings of the App which promptings are self-learned.

Also, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) earlier in his welcome remark said most citizens are not aware of their fundamental human rights hence the sensitization to stamp out the ill from the society.

Being represented by member of CISLAC Board of Trustees, Hajia Hadiza Kangiwa, the Executive Director said the collaboration with ICPC is timely to address this plague.

“On our part, CISLAC has created a trusted electronic channel which is called TIMBY App and physical complaint and reporting channels for people to pursue psychological support and redress. This is in line with one of the Nigeria’s commitment under Open Governance Partnership (OGP), to support victims and witnesses of corrupt practices.

The current sensitization according to the Non Governmental Organisation focuses on tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom, Abuja, Lagos States respectively.

The sensitization was accentuated by two lecture sessions. The first session was on “Sexual exploitation in Nigeria Universities a form of corruption, what the ICPC has done so far and the way forward for stakeholders.”

The second session was on “Importance of psychological support for victims of sexual harassment and for schools to have internal mechanism to handle issues of sextortion-WARD C.”

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