The National Human Rights Commission has received 1.7 million reports of gender-based abuse

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Domestic abuse is not gender-specific; both men and women can be victims, but women suffer more since they are viewed as weak, which is incorrect.

In 2021, the National Human Rights Commission received over 1.7 million sexual and gender-based assault accusations, according to the commission.

While criticizing the death of late prominent gospel performer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, NHRC Director Women and Children Department, Harry Obe, stated this on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show.

Obe urged victims of domestic violence to speak out.

The NHRC director said, “In 2021, that is last year, the commission received over 1.7 million complaints in total. Out of that about over 900,000 affected women and children and then out of the over 900,000, about 150,000 were on sexual and gender-based violence across the Federation.”

The worrying findings, according to Obe, indicate that the problem is widespread.

“It just takes the bold to speak about it. I’m happy people are beginning to speak about it and that is why we are getting the numbers,” Obe added.

I’ll end with this: don’t die in silence, don’t put up with what you’re not supposed to, speak up. 

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