Friday, July 12, 2013
Help For Sexual Assault Victims in Lagos
A new sexual assault referral center has just been opened in Lagos by an NGO called Partnership for Justice. Named, The Mirabel Centre, it is located at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja with tel: 0811 555 4877 or 0818 724 3468 or 01-295 7816. It is open every working day from 8 30am to 5 30pm. Please if you know anyone who is a victim, do share these details.
The Mirabel Centre, is a safe, friendly and private place that provides holistic and quality services and support to survivors of sexual assault in a compassionate and caring manner, in a way that
respects each individual's specific need and rights to make choices about how to address these needs.
The Mirabel Centre provides the following services
A. Medical examination and treatment for illness and injuries caused by the assault
B. Counselling (face to face and telephone) to help cope with emotional and psychological effects of rape
C. Help reporting to the police
D. Information on the legal system
E. Referral to other agencies for help not provided at the Centre.
All the services at the Centre, including drugs, are provided free. Doctors and nurses working at the Centre are trained forensic medical examiners and the counselors have undergone training on sexual assault trauma. Confidentiality is a key principle at the Centre.
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