Sexual violence is still on the increase and under reported in Nigeria, hence the need for attitudinal change of Nigerians.

Dr. Lanre Olosunde, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, made this known on Monday in Ilorin.

Olosunde spoke at a press briefing to mark the 37th Annual General Meeting of the association in Ilorin.

He said: “Sexual violence in Nigeria, though under reported, is on the increase.

“This might have been worsened by the recent lockdown measures imposed on us occasioned by the COVID-19 control measures.

“Over the years, we have, even had some of our members unfortunately being victims of this menace.

“Our experiences with the police and legal system, while facilitating justice for these victims, leaves much to be desired in response to the ugly incidence.”

He said that during the course of sexual violence, semen body fluid identification remains a critical aspect of the forensic investigation of alleged sexual assaults.

The ARD-UITH president called for government’s intervention at the medical and legal levels on the need to tackle the menace in the country.

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According to him, government must provide forensic science equipment for DNA analysis to fast tract sexual violence investigation in order to get justice for the victims.

Olosunde also advised Nigerians to observe all the necessary measures and guidelines put in place against COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that some Western countries have started experiencing the second wave of the pandemic.

Olosunde said that some COVID-19 patients were still receiving treatment at Sobi Isolation Centre, Ilorin, against the speculation by some residents that the pandemic was over.