8 Verifiable Organisations Fighting Against Rape And Sexual Violence in Nigeria

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October 11, 2020
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Sexual Assault Referral Centres

The rape case of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa in June 2020 and subsequent demand for Justice by the citizens of Nigeria gave room for more report of sexual violence cases and helped more organization to support the fight against rape and sexual violence in Nigeria.

In December 2019, the Nigeria Minister of women’s affairs stated that two million women and girls are raped in the country every year and by June 2020,  the number of rape cases spiked to three times its normal rate because women and girls were locked down with their abusers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nigeria was also in chaos following women who were seen reporting cases of Sexual Assault that occurred more than 6 years ago. So some of the question on the lips of  people was this;

Why wait for 6 years before reporting that you were sexually abused?

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Before the Intervention of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Nigeria to address different societal abnormally such as rape, environmental and sustainability issues, Child and Women Abuse, Sexual Assault, Poverty and Small Business Failure, everyone depended on the government to address these issues and it was extremely difficult to deal with these problems and achieve the impact required to make a change.

The intervention of these NGOs through the help of International Agencies and private organizations on the Rape and Sexual Violence cases in Nigeria gave victims the confidence and assurance to speak up as they would have people to listen & understand them, offer shelter and provide other forms of moral support to them at no cost.

Some of the Organizations helping the fight against rape and sexual violence are referred to as Sexual Assault Referal Centres (SARC). SARCs ensures that victims of rape or sexual based violence are provided with adequate medical attention and specialized forensic services.

The Organizations below amongst others are known for helping the fight against rape and sexual violence in Nigeria;

1. The Cece Yara Foundation

 At Cece Yara, Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault are given access to 24-hour helplines, education and awareness programmes, counselling and support services, child forensic interview, advocacy & support, Justice & Law enforcement, research & data repository.  

Mrs Bola Tinubu founded the NGO as a Sexual Assault Referral Centre to prevent child sexual abuse as well as provide access to care, information, protection and emergency intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse or who are at risk.  The foundation is located at Gbagada, Lagos State and cases of sexual abuse are reported regularly at this centre through a 24-hour helpline or you visit the centre at Gbgagada.

To report cases or make a donation, visit the Cece Yara Foundation website for address and contact details.

2. The Mirabel Centre

Located at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital,  the Mirabel Centre is the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Nigeria to provide holistic and high quality medical and psychological services to rape and sexual assault survivors.

At this centre, Men, women and children who have either recently or in the past experienced rape or sexual Assault benefit from free and comprehensive medical counselling and aftercare services provided by the centre.

In a report by the founder, Itoro Eze-Anaba, the centre has successfully handled more than 1300 cases of rape. Among these clients, 80% are below 18 years and within this class, 70% are between the ages of 9 & 14.

To report cases to this centre or make a donation, visit the Mirabel Centre website for address and contact details.

3. Stand to End Rape (STER)

STER is a youth-led social enterprise who advocates and stand for rape victims that can’t speak for themselves due to stigmatization and subsequent victim-blaming. STER enlightens communities on the need to end rape by providing prevention mechanisms and supporting survivors with psychosocial services.

The aim of this initiative is to work towards the day when rape is part of history rather than part of everyday lives. They have a presence in Abuja, Lagos and Portharcourt.

To report cases or make a donation, visit Stand to End Rape website for address and contact details.

4. Media Concern Initiative (MediaCon)

The MediaCon is a Non-governmental organisation founded in 2000 by Dr Princess Olufemi-Kayode, a survivor of child sexual Abuse and rape. Dr Princess started her initiative by creating public awareness through a national media campaign that became successful in giving Victims the courage to speak up about their perpetrator.

As a victim, Dr Princess understood the impact of sexual violence on the abused and the Nigerian society as well, so she sought institutional support to meet the needs of child and adult victims to prevent the long term effect on the health, safety and productivity of abused.

MediaCon is located in Lagos State and cases can be reported by visiting their office address or their website Here.

5. Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE)

Headquartered at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife, WARSHE is a not-for-profit organisation which was inaugurated in October,1998 and founded to improve the authenticity of reports for victims of sexual violence. In addition, they work to curtail the increase of sexual exploitation in institutions of learning; workplace, streets, rural areas, urban centres, gynaecology clinics, worship centres, prison, conflict situations and homes. 

WARSHE celebrated its 10th anniversary in the 3rd December 2018 with a theme titled TIWALOWA (meaning tomorrow is ours in Yoruba). 

Till date, TIWALOWA represents the dreams and hopes for Nigerian women, the possibilities & the challenges they presently face.

6. Hands Off Initiative

The Hands Off Initiative was founded following the desire to educate children and young adults about CONSENT as a solid means to raise a generation with zero cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment and Rape.

Hands Off Initiative officially began operation in August 2018 with the goal to break the cycle of abuse in our society and address the systemic problem of rape, sexual abuse, harassment and assault by visiting schools and communities to teach children, teenagers and young adults about consent. Hands off Initiative accepts volunteers worldwide who can educate children, teenagers and young adults about consent.

To become a volunteer with Hands Off Initiative or report cases, visit their here

7. Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF)

WARIF is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and a non-profit organisation, established to raise awareness concerning the high rise of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking, which occurs among young women in Nigeria.

According to WARIF, The causes and prevalence of the anomaly stated above is addressed through the WARIF Approach”- a unique holistic method of tackling Gender Based Violence through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures in education and community service to reduce the high incidence (Source warif.org).

Dr Kemi Dasilva-Ibru established the foundation in 2016 and till date serve the victims of sexual violence through it Relief Centre (A fully equipped facility that is run by a friendly and qualified staff who serve as the first responders to the victim and determine the kind of service and treatment required by each victim). 

WARIF Centre offers these services for free. Visit their website to report cases of rape and sexual violence or donate.

8. DSRVT

Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) is an organisation under the Lagos State government established with the sole aim of ensuring the total extermination of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the State.

At DSVRT, professional service providers and officials are gathered as a group to respond to the various needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors within a short time interval in which case was reported.

The survivors of domestic and sexual violence victims are catered for by providing legal, medical support, emergency assistance, counselling, psychological and psychosocial support.

To report cases of rape, visit the DSVRT for address and contact details.

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