The Cross River State Government has decried the increasing incidences of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in parts of the state.
The Commissioner, Ministry of International Development Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong raised the alarm at a 2-day training on Guidance and Counselling for Secondary School teachers on how to handle victims of sexual abuse in Calabar organised by Gender and Development Action (GADA).
Asibong lamented the increased incidences of rape of minors and those of school ages by adults in the state, appealing for a reduction in the number of violent crimes against women and girls in the state.
On how to handle child victims of sexual abuse, she advised teachers to attend to the psychological, emotional and physical effects of abuse on survivors with love and encouragement.
“I will like to appreciate the United Nations; it has always been supporting our effort and working through the Gender And Development Action. We are very happy that this training is happening because Cross River State is committed to ensuring that survivors speak out to get the necessary assistance there is to give.
“I am very happy that this training is holding for teachers in secondary schools. We need our teachers to be part of the solution; we need them to be actively involved in our strategy to reduce gender violence.
“So, what we are telling them here is that when children, who have been abused come to you, do not push them away.
“Teachers should not blame the children rather we expect them to take the steps or measures learnt at this training programme whether it is health, emotional, psychological or otherwise.
“We expect these teachers to make sure that those children do not continue to dwell on effects of the violence and do not suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD”, she emphasized.
Representative of the United Nations Population Funds, UNFPA, Marija Pakani and the representative of the Cross River State Ministry of Qualitative Education also raised concerns over the rate of sexual and gender-based violence in the state. SGBV.