On May 30th 2020, 22-year old University Student Uwavera Omozuwa was raped and murdered while studying in a church. In another part of the country, that same day, a 12-year old girl was raped by 11 men. These are 2 examples of the many cases of sexual violence and harassment experienced by women in Nigeria every single day.
As at 2004, 60 per cent of children involved in child trafficking from Africa to Europe were Nigerians.
Between 2012 and 2013, about 30 per cent of women in Nigeria experienced one form of domestic violence or another
Findings from a National Survey carried out in 2014 on Violence Against Children in Nigeria confirmed one in four females reported experiencing sexual violence in childhood with approximately 70% reporting more than one incident of sexual violence. In the same study, it was found that 24.8% of females’ ages 18 to 24 years experienced sexual abuse prior to age 18 of which 5.0% sought help, with only 3.5% receiving any services. (WARIF, 2020)
Sexual violence is an endemic problem that must be ended. We cannot sit on the fence and be silent when it is happening and has happened to our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, aunties, wives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc.
Below you will find links to various organisations operating in Nigeria, supporting victims and addressing the root causes of systemic sexual violence in Nigeria. Share, donate, educate those around you.
The Mirabel Centre which opened on July 1, 2013, is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to provide holistic and high quality medical and psychosocial services to survivors of sexual assault and rape.
Tel: +234 815 577 0000, +234 701 349 1769, +234 818 724 3468, +234 1-2957816
HANDS OFF INITIATIVE
Hands Off Initiative is a non-profit organisation established in March 2018 and began operations officially in august, 2018 to address the systemic problem of rape, sexual abuse, harassment and assault by going to schools and communities to teach children, teenagers and young adults about Consent.
STAND TO END RAPE
A youth-led Not-for-Profit Organization advocating against sexual violence, providing prevention mechanisms and supporting survivors with psychosocial services. We advocate for rape survivors who can’t speak about their ordeal due to stigmatization, by enlighten our community on the need to end rape and victim blaming.
Tel: +234 813 032 0270
WOMEN AT RISK INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Women at Risk International Foundation, (WARIF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru MD; MPH in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria.
Tel: +234 809 210 0008