Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights violation which affects the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health of girls in Nigeria. Media Concern Initiative is changing the scope of prevention and response to the victims by providing access to treatment to forestall HIV infection / Sexual Transmitted Infections / Teenage Pregnancy, Trauma Management Counseling, Victim Advocates support to initiate healing and reduce impact and skill acquisition for girls for livelihood.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
1 in 3 girls will experience sexual violence by the time they attain the age of 18, hence women and young girls are the most affected population.85%of the cases are perpetrated by people the girls know and trust, this leads to crisis in the family, loss of livelihood, discontinuing education and evacuation from homes. The support available in the country to deal with this and other consequences are highly insufficient. Victims are therefore left with little hope of a brighter and better future.
How will this project solve this problem?
MediaCon is providing a one-stop shop to attend to the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls who experience sexual violence. Providing them with trauma management counseling will begin the process of healing, access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV and Emergency Contraceptives (EC) to prevent pregnancy within the first 72hrs of rape.Skill acquisition training for older girls will provide skills for income generation and small capital for business
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will provide education, comprehensive support to 200 victims of rape allowing them to manage and handle emotional and psychological trauma positively, be guilt free,not have unwanted pregnancy, reduce transmission of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. The perpetrators will also be held accountable for their actions. Overall, the negative impact of rape is reduced and the circle of abuse is halted, the girls reached through the project can look forward to a better future
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.