SARC- Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kaduna disclosed that the center received almost a hundred cases of rape and sexual assaults from January to July 2018. 16 out of the 95 victims recorded were males.
The Director of SARC, Mrs. Juliana Joseph further disclosed that 25 of the victims of sexual assault in Kaduna were minors; aged from 0 to 5 years; 28 victims from 6 to 10 years and only two victims were between the ages of 21 and 25. She added that two of the victims were pregnant as a result and 15 contracted sexually transmitted diseases.
“Five cases were received in January, 13 in February, 29 in March, 13 in April, nine in May, 16 in June and 10 in July. “Out of the 95 cases, 19 were raped by neighbors, seven by security guards and 10 by family members namely fathers, stepfathers, uncles and cousins, and three by schoolmates,” she said.
She encouraged everybody to report anybody that took advantage of young boys or girls, no matter who they were. The perpetrators of the cases recorded are being investigated and prosecuted by the Nigerian police force. She also noted that the victims of sexual assault would be affected for a lifetime.
The Director of SARC encouraged all parents, teachers, and caregivers to ensure that they watch over their minors at all times. She added that every person should be treated as a potential suspect of sexual assault. “We will only address this ugly trend if the perpetrators of such actions were exposed and prosecuted”
SARC services are open to every member of the society for free. The center was opened by Kaduna state government in 2016 to provide medical treatment, social counseling, forensic examination, and legal services for victims of sexual assault. It is run by the Ministry of Justice, the ministry of women and social development, and the ministry of health.The center, located at the Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna, was established with support from U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) under its Justice for All Project.