Report to the Police

Sexual harassment, including verbal harassment, is a crime that is punishable by law.

One of the first steps to take against sexual harassment is to report to authorities such as the police. This might be difficult, especially if you are reporting as the victim or as an observer who’s not completely sure about how it happened. 

However, if you have decided to report to the police, here are some steps you can take:

  1. Call the Nigeria Toll Free Number for Violation of Girls and Women – 080072732255. Reporting of child abuse/Sexual assault of a Minor: 112 or 08137960048. Child Abuse Help Lines: 08085753932, 08102678442.

  2. Go to the nearest police station to file a report and write everything in detail, as much as you can remember. 

  3. If you can catch the harasser and take them to the police station, that would be even better. However, this isn’t usually the case.

  4. While writing your report, you will be asked to provide details, including your personal information and that of witnesses. This will help the investigation and also ensure the perpetrators are brought to law, especially if the harasser wasn’t caught before the report was made.

  5. You can also get legal assistance to guide you through the process and help ensure you don’t get frustrated too quickly and want to let go. With proper legal assistance, you will get familiar with the criminal law and civil law options available. If this happened at your workplace or school, you can sue the authorities of that organization should they try to do something against the law. Getting legal assistance goes a long way in helping you get the justice you deserve. 

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