Civil Society Legislative Advocacy (CISLAC), an NGO, has urged Nigerians, particularly students, to use TIMBY App to report cases of sexual exploitation known as sextortion.
CISLAC board member, Hajia Kangiwa Hadiza gave the advice at a one day sensitisation programme for tertiary institutions’ in Lagos on Monday, 4th of April,2022.
Hajia Hadiza said that the programme was part of activities achieved by the CISLAC with the support of German Agency for International Cooperation to address sextortion experienced by students in higher Institutions.
“The programme is organised to educate students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State on sexual exploitation, particularly from the anti-corruption perspective.
“The idea is for you to speak out, seek redress and psychological support as we are approaching it from anti-corruption perspective.
“Some boys also experience abuses and harassment, hence, the stereotype by the society that females are the only victims of sextortion should be reconsidered,’’ she said.
CISLAC official advised participants to take advantage of TIMBY APP to get justice, noting that some people are abused but are ignorant of means to get help or apprehend perpetrators adding that, it was in the quest to finding solution to reports of sexual abuse that CISLAC created electronic channel known as TIMBY App, a physical complaint and reporting channels against sextortion.
One of the participants told journalists the programme was a wonderful initiative.
“I have learnt about ‘TIMBY’ App courtesy of CISLAC. The take home which I will use my position as student union leader is to ensure that other students benefit.
“We are going to infuse five (5) minutes pep talk in our orientation programme and student union activity week, to further create awareness on sextortion and how to access the App”,’’ he said.
The LASU student said there was need to extend the awareness to primary and secondary schools, to instill the knowledge in children early enough.
Also, Miss Ijeoma Edozie, Student, Harvard College Business and Management Studies, Abeokuta, said that sextortion had been a major challenge faced by students, particularly females in the course of academic pursuit.
CISLAC Legal Officer, Mrs Bathsheba Tagwai in her speech stated that the programme was aimed at informing participants that sextortion was wrong and a corruption practice which involved both gender and that the TIMBY app would help to curb it.
About a hundred student from various higher Institutions within and outside Lagos attended the one day seminar.
TIMBY App is a platform for reporting cases of sexual abuse where victims can seek psychological support and redress.