By Danladi Al-Hassan
A non-governmental organization, Save the Children, has disclosed that children were most affected by cases of rape reported at the sexual assault referral centers in Kaduna State since inception in 2016.
Isah Ibrahim, an Advocacy Advisor with the NGO, said the centers received a total of 662 cases of abuse against women and children during the period while out the 25 rape cases received, children, were the most affected.
Ibrahim made the disclosure in Zaria, during a two-day sensitization workshop on Violence Against Children, organized by the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
“Out of the 662 cases recorded, 373 were received at Gwamna Awan specialist hospital, Nasarawa, 104 received at Sir Patrick Yakowa memorial hospital, Kafanchan, 114 cases at Yusuf Dantsoho specialist hospital, Tudun Wada and 71 received at Gambo Sawaba hospital, Zaria,” he said.
He said the centers provided medical consultation on individual cases and assisted with psychosocial management of the family while in crisis.
Ibrahim mentioned some major flashpoints of child abuse in Kaduna metropolis which include Tudun wada, Kakuri, Gonin Gora, Rigasa, Rigachikun, Sabon tasha, Nasarawa, Romi among others.
He, however, noted that the centers were faced with challenges of weak implementation of policies and limited working time, urging the state government to ensure proper implementation of the Child Right Act.
Mrs Grace Yohanna, the Centre Manager of Salama Sexual Assault Referral Center, Kafanchan, said the centre provided medical intervention and optional legal intervention for victims of abuse.
She stated that females were mostly affected in terms of abuse with 94 cases out of the 104 cases received at the centre.
“We have 79 cases of emotional abuse and 25 cases of rape; children were most affected in the rape case.
“That is why we want everybody in the community to be part of the war against all forms of violence against children; let’s be our neighbours keepers and report any case of abuse to the nearest center,” she said.
Yohanna who commended the government for providing such centers that support survivors of rape and other sexual abuse stated that the center needed more drugs.
She appealed to members of the public to speak up and report any case of abuse whether physical, sexual or emotional.