The Sexual Assault Referral Centre, SARC, has commenced the training of doctors and nurses drawn from government-owned health institutions in Lagos state.
The two-week training workshop is facilitated by a forensic expert, Dr. Sarah Redvers, from St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Managing Partner, Partnership for Justice, Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba, said the Sexual Assault Centre, underway in Lagos, would provide free medical, psycho-social and follow-up support services to rape victims and sexual assault.
She said: “The centre is going to provide pregnancy tests, initial medical services like possible HIV tests, which will be done with the consent of the victims and all information will be kept confidential and private.”
Eze-Anaba lamented that generally, victims of sexual violence found it difficult to report due to inability to pay for cost of treatments and lack of awareness.
The centre, first of its kind in Nigeria, is being set up by the Partnership for Justice, PFJ, supported by Justice for All Programme, JAP; Department of International Development, DFID, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
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It is aimed at providing comprehensive and quality services to victims of sexual violence in a compassionate and caring manner, free of charge.