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To curb sexual and gender-based violence in society, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has commenced the provision of psychosocial support for sex offenders.

The programme, named Sex Offenders Rehabilitation Programme, is in partnership with the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, and the Institute of Counselling of Nigeria.

The rehabilitation program does not offer amnesty or excuse abusive acts; it only seeks to reduce any reoccurrence of child sexual abuse and rape cases by sex convicts in the future.

It is targeted at convicts from the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Kirikiri, Apapa, and Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi.

“The programme is facilitated by a group of trained Psychologists from DSVA and the Institute of Counseling weekly where inmates are expected to take responsibility for their actions and be enlightened on healthy sexuality.

“Furthermore, inmates are also armed with peer and professional support to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to inappropriate sexual behaviors.

“The inmates would also learn specialized strategies to deal with sexual addiction and sexually compulsive behaviors, amongst many other positive coping skills,” the agency noted.

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