This is a special feature dedicated to the fight against sexual violence. Sexual violence is any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence or coercion, acts to traffic a person or acts directed against a person's sexuality, regardless of the relationship which may exist between the perpetrator and the victim.
Here are five Non-governmental Organisations in Nigeria that fight against sexual violence and support people that have been victims of sexual violence.
1. Media Concern
Founded in 2000 by Dr Princess Olufemi-Kayode, Media concern is a non-governmental organisation working in the field of sexual violence prevention and crisis response. The activities at Media Concern include a crisis response centre, victim advocacy programs, 24 hour confidential help lines, resource centre on Sexual Violence, children's project, psycho-social support and free HIV screening.
Address: 15A, Bolodeoku Crescent, Dideolu Estate, Ogba, Lagos.
Phone Number: +2348023331036, +2348058207164, +2348099522487
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2. Stand to End Rape Initiative
Stand to End Rape Initiative is a youth-led Not-for-Profit organisation founded by Ms Ayodeji Osowobi. The organisation is involved in advocating against sexual violence, providing prevention mechanisms and supporting survivors with psycho-social services.
The organization advocates for rape survivors who can’t speak about their ordeal due to stigmatization, by enlightening our community on the need to end rape and victim blaming. The organization uses various platforms to educate people and also engages in interactive sessions via social media.
Address: 1B Godson Ilodianya Close, Off Ayo Babatunde Crescent, Akiogun road, Lekki.
Phone Number: +2348095967000
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3. Mirabel Centre
The Mirabel Centre opened on July 1, 2013 and was founded by Itoro Eze-Anaba. It is the first rape crisis centre in Nigeria. It is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) that provides holistic and high quality medical and psycho-social services to survivors of sexual assault and rape.
Address: Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos.
Phone Number:07013491769, 01-2957816, 08187243468
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4. Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE)
Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE) is a not-for-profit organisation which was inaugurated in October 1998. It is headquartered at Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
The idea of an organisation to assist victims of sexual violence and abuse came as a result of the increase human rights and media reportage of incidents of rape, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation in institutions of learning; in workplaces; on the streets in both rural areas and urban centres; in gynaecology clinics; in religious places; in prisons; in conflict situations and in some homes.
The organisation helps survivors obtain medical assistance whilst providing counselling services and emotional support to survivors. They also offer legal assistance for court and out-of-court settlements as well as the necessary personal support to survivors during the formal and non-formal procedures of the court.
Address: Conference Centre Shopping Complex, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Phone Number: +234803-407-8730.
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5. Project Alert
.Project Alert is a non-governmental women's rights organisation set up in January 1999 to promote and protect the rights of women and young girls. The headquarters of Project Alert is in Lagos while Abuja has a branch office.
Project Alert seeks to influence society by actively advocating for zero tolerance for all forms of violence against women and young girls.
Lagos: 21, Akinsanya Street Off Isheri Road, Taiwo Bus stop Ojodu - Berger, Lagos.
Abuja: 26 Bamenda Street, Off Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.
Phone Number: +2348052004698, +2348180091072
Click here to learn more about Project Alert.
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