by Damilola Jagun
The third edition of the College Acquaintance Rape Education (C.A.R.E) sensitizing workshop has gotten a nod from the Lagos State Government and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response team (DSVRT).
The maiden edition was held in 2012 with over one thousand participants.
C.A.R.E is a follow-up plan to the annual Walk Against Rape Campaign; a special demonstration that brings together mothers, guardians, fathers, teachers, youth advocates, activist, faith based organizations, NGO’s, CSO’s, student delegates, actors, actresses, sporstmen, media practitioners, musicians, DJs and comedians, together to lend a voice to sexually abused persons in the society and also encourage victims to speak out and reduce the stigmatization attached to Rape
This year C.A.R.E will be a three location rotational workshop in the six Education Districts, over five thousand secondary school students will benefit from the sensitizing workshop which will kick off in February and end In April with two workshops each month. The first edition comes up on the 18th of February 2015 at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Lagos State Secretariat Alausa – Ikeja by 10a.m
According to the Project Coordinator, Esther Ijewere- Kalejaiye; C.A.R.E is one of the central elements of our fight against the growing trend of RAPE culture in Primary and Secondary Schools. It’s a RAPE prevention workshop led by trained Peer educators, who have massive experience on gender relations, socialization, dating violence and sexual violence prevention.