Edo launches s.e.x offenders’ register to name, shame rapists

The Edo state government on Wednesday launched a s.e.x offender register to name and shame r3pists and offenders of other forms of s3xual and gender-based violence(SGBV) in the state.

Speaking at the launch, the Commissioner for Justice, Yinka Omorogbe, said that there is need for a register in view of the alarming increase in SGBV, especially in Edo.

”The alarming rise of SGBV cases, especially in Edo, calls for the employment of drastic measures to adequately tackle SGBV and to ensure that perpetrators are not only made to answer for their crimes but are made to feel the full brunt of the law.

“The sexual offender register is to serve as a tool to name and shame those convicted or reported to have engaged in sexual abuse or exploitation.

“Would-be employers, especially those working with vulnerable citizens, such as children, young adults, and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to carry out background checks for would-be applicants.”

She said ”the Edo sexual offender database is fully connected with the National sexual offender database which was launched by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and warehouse in NAPTIP, making Edo the first state to link up with the national database.

”The register will basically contain information of reported, arraigned or convicted people involved in cases of sexual violation or abuse as defined by the Violence against Persons Prohibition !aw.”

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