Victims of sexual crimes do not know how to seek redress — NHRC

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The Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nasarawa, Mr Chia Nor, has said that many victims of sexual crimes do not know how to seek redress.

He said their inability to determine what to do when violated has worsened their plight.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday in Lafia, Nor said the harrowing experience of been violated and not knowing what action to take or who to approach prompted the NHRC to embark on awareness campaign on how to seek justice.

He said having information on how to seek redress was pivotal in the recovery process of victims.

“Some of them know what to do but they don’t want to come out. Some fear stigmatisation. Some don’t trust the system. Then some don’t know what to or who to go and this is the worst of all.

“Ours is to inform them on what to do and encourage them not to stay silent so that perpetrators of this heinous crime don’t go scot-free or go elsewhere to perpetrate the crime on other people.

“This is part of the things we are doing in this year’s 16 days activism on violence against women and girls which kicked off on the 25th of November. Each year, the world over, including Nigeria, marks the 16 days of activism on the elimination of violence against women from Nov. 25 to Dec.10.

Nor reeled out activities carried out to include a road walk, visits to various stakeholders, including religious and traditional rulers, and awareness creation in public places most especially, health facilities and schools on violence against women and girls.