If you’ve never dealt with any form of sexual or physical abuse, consider yourself lucky. Many women and children and even some men, have not been as fortunate. Due to the stigma of being a victim of sexual assault it’s very important to dismantle and rid our thoughts of archaic ideas (‘Blaming the victim’). That’s why creating a safe space and coming from a place of understanding is crucial in our fight against sexual and physical abuse.
So if you or anyone you know has been abused, see below for organizations that can help you deal with your trauma.
The Mirabel Center is the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Nigeria that provides holistic medical and psychosocial services to survivors of sexual assault and rape. The center’s services are available to women, men and children and include free and comprehensive medical, counseling and aftercare services. The Mirabel Center also provides support and information on reporting matters to the police; information on the legal system; and referrals to agencies who provide support in areas not covered by Mirabel.
Click here for more information on the Mirabel Center.
The Cece Yara Foundation
The Cece Yara Foundation is a child-centred non-profit organisation focused on preventing child sexual abuse and access to care, information, protection and emergency intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse or who are at risk. The Foundation provides provides psycho-social, legal and medical support for children through a 24-hour free child telephone helpline (0800 800 8001) and has a multi-disciplinary team of counsellors, social workers, child advocates, lawyers and forensic interviewers who work with government agencies in the investigation, intervention and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.
Genesis House is a female residential rehabilitation and resource center that primarily focuses on transforming the lives of commercial sex workers and other vulnerable women who have been either trafficked, abused or exploited. The organization works with women between the ages of 18 and 25. The center provides physical and mental therapy to its registered women, while also teaching them vocational skills from which they can earn a living.
To learn more about Genesis House and how you can support, click here.
See also: Consent Is Everything!