The Manager of Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre Kafanchan Mrs Grace Yohanna Abbin
The Manager of Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre Kafanchan, a non governmental association , Mrs Grace Yohanna Abbin decried that culture of silence and community interference with rape and other related abuse cases are major impediments in the concerted struggles to end sexual and gender based violence in southern kaduna.
Mrs. Abbin stated that the Sexual Assault Referral Centre was established in the area to serve as a place of succour where victims of rape and gender base violence would access free medical, legal and psycho-social interventions bringing respite to many victims of sexual and gender Violence who would otherwise be suffering in silence and alone.
Mrs Abbin said the Centre had since recorded about 1245 cases out of which 1054 involved women and have secured 7 convictions with 3 life imprisonment for sexual violence offenses ranging from rape, defilement, indecent touching, sexual exploitation, and sexually suggestive remarks amongst others.
“To stamp out this ugly menace in southern kaduna, there is the need for strong synergy between the centre and key stakeholders such as the traditional and religious leaders “she said.
She commends the Nigeria Early Recovery Initiative for its’ critical interventions which enabled the centre to embark on advocacy and sensitization tour to chiefdoms, Emirates, and communities across jema’a and kajuru local government areas to sensitize the communities, especially women and encourage them to speak out whenever they are violated as well as office equipment and other essentials like beds, communication gadgets, televisions and computers.
The Manager expressed gratitude to the Kaduna state commissioner for Human Services and social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, the council chairman of Jema’a local Government Mr. Peter Danjuma Averik for their encouragements and support to the centre.