The Duchess of Cornwall has come to be patron of Nigeria’s first sexual assault referral centre.
Camilla, who has prolonged campaigned around domestic abuse and sexual assault, hailed the Mirabel Centre in Lagos as a “truly trailblazing organisation”.
Clarence Home explained the duchess will be performing with a team of Nigerian and British Nigerian gals above the coming months to locate approaches to aid the centre.
It was started 8 years back, and gives a secure area for survivors of rape and sexual assault, delivering totally free health-related and psychosocial aid companies to additional than 6,450 survivors.
Camilla said: “I am delighted to turn out to be patron of the Mirabel Centre in Lagos.
“It is a genuinely trailblazing organisation, supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault as they seek healing and justice.
“Their very important work indicates that females want no extended undergo in silence and I am deeply grateful to all Mirabel’s great staff and volunteers.”
The non-governmental organisation was established up by Itoro Eze-Anaba in 2013.
Ms Eze-Anaba welcomed Camilla’s patronage, but highlighted the increase in survivors making use of the centre, especially all through the pandemic, and the character of the some of the harrowing situations.
“This announcement is timely taking into consideration the devastating mother nature of sexual violence and the improved advocacy for survivor support products and services which has led to an raise in the amount of survivors who demand the providers of the centre,” she reported.
“The existing Covid-19 pandemic has even more revealed the endemic mother nature of sexual violence.
“We have witnessed a large amount of young children and ladies coming ahead to report situations of sexual assault and rape.
“Our youngest survivor is a a few-thirty day period-outdated baby, and the oldest an 80-calendar year-aged lady.
“We are self-confident that the assist of the duchess will make a distinction.”
The Mirabel Centre was the initial of its variety to present holistic and psychosocial and professional medical expert services to survivors in Nigeria.