Abuse: Stakeholders Seek Forensic Interview Protocol


By Joan Odafe

Stakeholders in law enforcement and criminal justice for child sexual abuse survivors have called for the adoption of the ‘Child Forensic Interview Protocol’ to ensure that justice is served.

The stakeholders, including the Lagos State Government, the Police and non-governmental organisations, made the call at a workshop on Thursday in Lagos.

The workshop was tagged “3rd Installment of the Consultative Workshop for the Development and Implementation of a Child Abuse Investigation and Interview Protocol”.

Mrs Bisi Ajayi-Kayode, Chief Operations Officer of CeceYara, an NGO, said the numbers of child sexual abuses were staggering, as one out of every four girls and one in eight boys was abused before they turned 18 years.

“Forensic Interview is a structured conversation to elicit evidential information from the child in an age-appropriate and developmental manner,” she said.

Ajayi-Kayode noted that child sexual abuses were not easily detected because of…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria