CITAD Calls For Establishment of Referral Centres for GBV Victims in Kano

INFOMEDIA – Centre for Information Technology and Development CITAD has called on the Kano state government to establish referral and forensic centers for victims of gender-based violence.

According to the center, sexual assault referral centers commonly known as SARCs provide crucial services for the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence which include the provision of basic emotional support, Health, follow-ups on survivors’ needs, promotion of social networks, and community integration among others.

Addressing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday, the CITAD’s Programme Officer, Zainab Adamu noted that the center recorded 61 GBV cases in one month. She said “the data recorded shows that GBV is been perpetrated against both male and female gender with a higher number of female victims within all age ranges in both rural, urban and suburban communities with prevalence in urban communities”.

She added that “the perpetrators are also of both genders, although with a higher number of male perpetrators”. She further revealed that “most of the perpetrators are either family members, teachers/lecturers, students peers or even those that have no relation to the victims”.

She also appealed to the Kano State House of Assembly to speed the processes of domesticating the Child Rights Act and VAAP Act which will assist the effort of curbing the menace of gender-based violence in the state.

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