A non-governmental organization, Save the Children, has revealed that children were the most affected, following a compilation of records kept by sexual assault referral centers in Kaduna State since 2016.
The NGO in a statement on Wednesday said sexual referral centres in Kaduna have received a total of 662 cases of abuse against women and children since inception in 2016 with kids the most affected.
The figures were revealed by Isah Ibrahim, an advocacy advisor with the NGO in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Zaria, during a two-day sensitization workshop on Violence Against Children.
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“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.
According to Mrs Grace Yohanna, the centre manager of Salama sexual assault referral center, Kafanchan, females were mostly affected in terms of abuse with 94 cases out of the 104 cases received at her 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 neighbors keepers and report any case of abuse to the nearest center,” she said.
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