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Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by murecool(m): 7:27pm On Sep 09
WE REJECT NOTION THAT SEXUAL HARRASSMENT VICTIMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE, SAYS OSINBAJO


*Adds: “offenders should be visited with the strictest possible consequences”



The notion that victims or potential victims of sexual harassment are architects of their fate especially by their attitude, dressing or willingness to be in a compromising place with their violators is wrong and should be resisted in every situation. The victim must always be seen as the victim and not to be blamed.

This was the view of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in his contributions on Wednesday at a webinar on Anti-Sexual Harassment themed “Finding Safe Spaces for Female Students in Nigerian Universities”, organized by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. The event was based on the book authored by notable journalist and former presidential spokesman, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, titled NAKED ABUSE: SEX FOR GRADES IN AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES.

According to him, “the victim must always be seen as the victim. There cannot be an excuse, especially given the power configuration between students and lecturers, that the victim could have somehow invited the abuse upon themselves. I think it is an important consideration to be made and we must not allow that notion to persist.”

Advocating stricter punishments for rape offenders especially in situations involving lecturers and their female students, Prof. Osinbajo said “there cannot be an excuse especially given the power configuration between students and lecturers that the victim could have somehow invited the abuse upon themselves. I think it is an important consideration to be made and we must not allow that notion to persist.”

Continuing, the Vice President said “there is also the comparison sometimes made between demanding bribes for service and sex for grades. Sometimes people will argue that a bribe is a bribe and there is no reason why the punishment for sex as the currency of the bribe, should be stricter than an ordinary bribe.”

Referring to Adeniyi’s book, Prof. Osinbajo said developing and adhering to a set of ethical codes of conduct for conversations and interactions involving lecturers and students in universities would greatly address the problem.

He said: “to ensure that both faculty and students are sufficiently clear about the issues and rules, there is a need for a code of conduct or ethical guidelines based on best practices in appropriate student/lecturer interactions.

“It is important that these are clearly defined in ethical guidelines that are contained in some documents that people can refer to and see. It is important both for the lecturer and the student that there is some reference to some code of conduct.”

Speaking further on ways of resolving issues around sexual harassment in Nigerian universities, Prof. Osinbajo said the search for answers to creating safe spaces for female students in universities must begin from the question of why is it that such an evidently rampant crime is so under-reported?

According to him, “there are obviously many cases of people who share their anecdotal experiences without necessarily reporting to the authorities. I think the answer is clearly that this low reportability is on account of the fact that many victims do not feel confident that they will get redress, or that they will be treated fairly or that they will not be visited with the same fearful consequences that was the subject of the demand in the first place.

“The fear that they will neither get a sympathetic nor understanding hearing, let alone justice, and that they will end up suffering the same consequences the predator had threatened would occur if they did not submit to their demands. Then there is of course, the shame and stigma that could attend speaking up.”

“I think that in ensuring that we create safe spaces, we must do at least the basics, which is providing the support and resources they need to report abusers. Every institution must make it easy for victims or potential victims to report perpetrators to trusted formal structures or secure channels created specifically for the purpose of resolving such cases,” the Vice President added.

Prof. Osinbajo also recommended the adoption of a mandatory “well thought-out whistleblower process emphasizing confidentiality, professional legal and medical help for victims or potential victims.”

Dignitaries who also spoke at the webinar besides Adeniyi, the Guest Speaker, included the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; the First Lady of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi; and the Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbode.

Meanwhile, in another development, Prof. Osinbajo has underscored the synergy between the legislature and the executive in supporting policies and programmes of the administration especially those geared towards boosting the nation’s economic base.

The Vice President stated this on Wednesday at a virtual Citizens’ Dialogue on the Green Imperative Project. The Green Imperative Project is a bilateral initiative between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Brazilian government to develop Nigeria’s agricultural production base through a mechanization programme that is spread across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.



Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
9th September, 2020
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.channelstv.com/2020/09/09/victims-of-sexual-abuse-can-not-be-blamed-for-harassment-says-osinbajo/amp/

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by OLAPO1: 7:31pm On Sep 09
We must fight all forms of abuse together

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Zzor(f): 7:33pm On Sep 09
hmmm
Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by IKUBABAYEYE001: 7:34pm On Sep 09
Self control is the key for our Lecturers. They should focus more on teaching than sexual abuse

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by TheRareGem1: 7:37pm On Sep 09
Sexual harassment is a menace that need to be eradicated out of our society not only in the schools. It has deepen so deep that the society if filled with sexual predators who see women as sex object. And also the man get harassed government and individuals need to work hand in hand to curb this.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by OkuFaba(m): 7:41pm On Sep 09
Forget self control, these girls are tempting us to the wall

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by DICKstractor(m): 7:44pm On Sep 09
lipsrsealed


But your government led by our darling daddy have raped us in such a way that our assholes can't take it anymore.

Who will fight for us

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Wada3: 9:02pm On Sep 09
The best Vice President ever in the history of Nigeria

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Eriggs: 4:17am On Sep 10
WORD!

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by sotall(m): 4:17am On Sep 10
undecided
Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Eriggs: 4:17am On Sep 10
Wada3:
The best Vice President ever in the history of Nigeria
who even remember the name of Jonathan's vice anymore, nemanja matic or something?
useless figurehead Vice who never did a single thing for 6 wasted years and ogogoro president. stealing is not corruption crew

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Slawormir: 4:17am On Sep 10
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright
I concur

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by mannobi(m): 4:18am On Sep 10
Osinbajo seems the most intelligent and dependable politician in the country right now.
Others are rearing cows or selling kerosene to some amala eaters.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Xisnin(m): 4:19am On Sep 10
OkuFaba:
Forget self control, these girls are tempting us to the wall
The same way Toyota tempt car snatchers and public funds tempts corrupt politicians.

Well, we still have a lot of jail space.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by YoungLionken(m): 4:19am On Sep 10
Mr VP, very intelligent but weak.

He's a kind of man that would work wonders if given the unconditional freelage...

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by willexyaho(m): 4:19am On Sep 10
Is this man still talking?
Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Matrimonous: 4:21am On Sep 10
I quite agree but that doesn't mean indecent dressing shouldn't be condemned as well.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Magnumproperty: 4:23am On Sep 10
Osinbajo and Buhari should please swap post.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by wolexy14(m): 4:24am On Sep 10
Nawa
Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Baba1234: 4:25am On Sep 10
This is a good one from prof. Also, I think there should be stricter measures for those deliberately and seductively going to entice the lecturers or victims for favours

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by emmy512(m): 4:29am On Sep 10
Of course
Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by crown08(m): 4:29am On Sep 10
shocked

Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Freestainworld(m): 4:30am On Sep 10
sexual harassment is a global problem, if a stringent penalty should be enforced on the offenders, it will help to curb the situation though it can't be fully eradicated but can be controlled to it's lowest.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Timekeeper: 4:32am On Sep 10
What abt fake accuser?
Especially rape victims

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by milehigh06(m): 4:34am On Sep 10
OkuFaba:
Forget self control, these girls are tempting us to the wall


wow...and you call yourself a man..next time expensive cars will tempt you to steal them...lack of money will tempt you to do yahoo or ritual killing....abi

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by n3xt(m): 4:35am On Sep 10
OLAPO1:
We must fight all forms of abuse together

Let’s start with abuse of power. It should attract the highest form of punishment in the land.

You can’t give what you don’t have.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by One4me: 4:51am On Sep 10
Osinbajo should stop all these "Political Correctness" joor.
Some Victims have a hand in their own abuse, if we can even call it that.

If you go and do a Sleep-Overnight with a guy you have been sex-texting with, you remove your clothes, took a bath in his Shower, wore his Night wear, lay yourself on his Bed and start smooching, then you wake up the next morning to start claiming he bleeped/Raped you, ... Please, YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THAT SEXUAL ABUSE. undecided

What you know you wont eat, dont rub it against your Nose. undecided undecided
Lord, Lead us not into Temptation and Deliver us from Eve
.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by IamWonderful: 4:51am On Sep 10
IKUBABAYEYE001:
Self control is the key for our Lecturers. They should focus more on teaching than sexual abuse
Unless you want lecturers to be extremely hostile to female students, I remember a very boring, non vibrant lecture when i was, we usually wonder how he got the job, he normally come to lecture hall to taunt immoralities and ladies, he send ladies out his office like criminals, but later on he stopped and became timid for some weeks, we heard that one fair lady in the faulty of education seduced him and he fell, after the man join gang of randy lecturers, some lecturers don't come with evil mindset but they can resist the heat of seduction from ladies, some jezebelic ladies will do everything to seduce lecturers, when people see opportunity, they might not be able to resist.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by One4me: 4:52am On Sep 10
milehigh06:



wow...and you call yourself a man..next time expensive cars will tempt you to steal them...lack of money will tempt you to do yahoo or ritual killing....abi

Stop comparing Apples and Oranges.
Matters of Sex are different because itis "natural and human" to want to have sex but it is not natural to steal a car or commit yahoo.

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by SaintOpzy(m): 4:54am On Sep 10
True sir. But in today's world, there's almost no saying who's the victim...

There have been a lot of false accusations, and musjudgements nowadays that we're not sure who to believe anymore...

What would be nice though, is a departure from the stereotype that the first person to come out is the victim..., the public has to ensure that both sides are heard out before passing judgement...

Even after both sides are heard sef, there's still no saying what's the absolute truth.. cry

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Re: Osinbajo: Sexual Harassment Victims Are Not Responsible For The Abuse by Scrupulous419(m): 4:54am On Sep 10
milehigh06:



wow...and you call yourself a man..next time expensive cars will tempt you to steal them...lack of money will tempt you to do yahoo or ritual killing....abi

Cambodia Goat lipsrsealed

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