Ekiti govt launches referral centre for survivors of sexual assaults

The Ekiti State Government, in a move to provide quick medical and legal support for survivors of sexual assaults, on Tuesday opened the Ekiti State Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), also known as ‘Moremi Clinic’.

The centre is a free, one-stop, survivor-centred initiative that prioritises the rights and needs of survivors of sexual violence. It was established on the directives of Governor Kayode Fayemi by the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, the body responsible for implementing the 2019 Gender-Based Violence Law in Ekiti State.

The Moremi Clinic (Ekiti State Sexual Assault Referral Centre) will provide the following free services; screening and preventive treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, collection and processing of forensic evidence, support for going through the legal process.

Other services include providing a medico-legal report, treatment and care of child victims of sexual abuse, collection and management of relevant data, counselling and psycho-social support, information, support, and counselling for parents, family members, and partners and education and information for community or professional groups.

The Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, with representation from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the legislature, and civil society organisations, which will be responsible for policy formulation and management of the Centre.

Present at the launch were the wife of the governor, who also chairs the Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Ekiti state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, commissioner for information and value orientation, commissioner for health and commissioner for women affairs, Olawale Fapohunda, Muyiwa Olomilua, Mrs Moji Yaya-Kolade and Mrs Moji Fafure respectively and management of the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

The centre is located at the Moremi Clinic Art Building in the premises of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti.

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