Days Activism Against GBV: SARC Kafanchan Records 3,295 Cases

By Aisha Gambo,

The Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, reported 3,295 assault cases since its establishment in 2019.

 Mrs. Grace Yohanna-Abin, the Centre Manager, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, commemorating the 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

“In 2019, we recorded 219 cases; in 2020, 582 cases; in 2021, 1009 cases, and in 2022, 788 cases. This year, 2023, we recorded 697 different cases of assault from January 1 to October 30, with 612 involving women and 85 involving men,” she said.

Yohanna-Abin explained that 84 of the cases involved children below the age of 18, while the remaining 619 involved adults. The centre recorded 49 cases of rape, with 33 cases affecting children and 16 affecting adults at Kafanchan, Zone 3.

The Centre Manager mentioned that 280 arrests were made, with 38 cases currently in court, and approximately 614 cases treated outside the court. She stated that 156 survivors received free medical treatment with a forensic medical report for intervention.

Commending the people of Kafanchan for breaking the culture of silence on GBV, she urged stakeholders to do more in preventing violence against women and children.

“On Saturday, Dec. 2, we will embark on a road walk in orange attires to encourage everyone to come out, invest their time, and resources to prevent violence against women and girls. Violence can come from anyone at any time, so we should work together to ensure we end violence against our women and children,” she said. (NAN)


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