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NGO rolls out guide for rape, SGBV survivors to access justice

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 NGO rolls out guide for rape SGBV survivors to access justice
NGO rolls out guide for rape, SGBV survivors to access justice

1 Invictus Africa, an NGO, launched the “Survivor’s Guide” on Wednesday to help survivors of rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) access justice and information.

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2 Ms Bukky Shonibare, Executive Director of Invictus Afric, said in Abuja that the practical guide would be a reference for both survivors and active viewers with actionable information on SGBV.

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3 According to her, the guide would also serve as tools for SGBV survivors to overcome the trauma years later.

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4 Shonibare said that the increase in SGBV cases required the launch of the guide.

5 He said the guide would help SGBV survivors to know their rights, how and where to get help, know the lies, know what to do and what not to do when they are raped.

6 “The fourth part talks about what to do and what not to do when you are sexually abused. Some, when sexually abused, immediately rush to wash up. But that wash removes evidence.

7 “So how do people know they are not supposed to wash immediately? so that the party knows what to do and what not to do with people when they are victims of sexual abuse.

8 “And, the final part talks about where and how to get help, where you can go for help.

9 “And, with that, we align that with our Orange Pages, which contain more than 200 contacts from organizations in Nigeria that are responding and serving SGBV survivors.

10 “That is why we have considered it necessary to launch the survivors’ guide,” he said.

11 According to her, the guide will be accessible in several local languages ​​or other means of communication for people both in the city and in rural areas to help them when necessary.

12 “We want this survivor guide to be accessible to different segments of society, such as people living with disabilities, people with hearing problems, people who cannot see.

13 “How do we get this information to them and even in local languages?

14 “So those are guys that we want to take forward to make sure that everyone in this society, who has been abused or potentially abused, has access to this document,” he said.

15 In addition, Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, called on the government at all levels to fully implement the Violence Against Persons (VAPP) laws to reduce the prevalence of SGBV.

16 Ojigho also asked survivors for psychosocial support to reduce the trauma caused.

17 The country director also called for increased access to free medical exams, use of appropriate language and actions while investigating these cases.

18 “The other thing is the resources that must be placed in others to strengthen the justice system. VAPP offers all this and more.

19 “Unfortunately, many states that have even signed have not yet allocated appropriations in their state budgets to implement these laws.

20 “That is why we are asking the government to put its money where its mouth is.

21 “You have announced this and, if it is possible for the survivors, when they get to the hospitals they should be treated free of charge, when they get to court, their cases should be expedited.

22 “That is why the idea of ​​establishing a special court, whose matter is purely SGBV will help expedite many of these complaints when they reach the judicial system,” he said.

23 For her part, Ms. Aderonke Bello, Executive Director of the FAME Foundation, said that the guide for survivors would sensitize the public about the appropriate actions, when they were raped and how to seek medical help and justice to ensure the punishment of the perpetrators.

24 “Many people don’t know what to do, we are all talking about ending the violence, but what about the survivors? That is why this book is timely and will follow a good path, which can be used in the grassroots community, in the center of the city, ” he said.

25 Source: NAN

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