This project will build the capacity of 25 young people as change agents on sexual abuse prevention and response within 4 communities in Lagos, Nigeria. Their residing in these communities give them an understanding of the forms of abuse and can reach other young people, who are emboldened to speak out if they have been abused, reduce stigma linked with abuse, educate them on reducing vulnerabilities and access prompt medical help to prevent HIV and other health issues linked to sexual abuse.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Sexual violence particularly against young people in Nigeria has been on the rise as evidenced in media reports. This places them at an increased risk of contracting HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, unwanted pregnancies that can lead to unsafe abortions, health complications, mental health and gynecological problems. Also, they face other challenges such as dropping out of school and low self esteem.This project will reach more than 2,000 young people to prevent and respond to sexual abuse.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will provide information, educate, with practical examples of scenarios that predisposes young people to sexual abuse and how they can respond to it. Furthermore, the change agents will be guided on how they can spread the message and create safety structures within their communities. When cases of abuse are reported within the community, victims will access medical, legal and counseling to help them overcome the experience.
Potential Long Term Impact
It will provide comprehensive information and education for 25 young people who will serve as change agents in the 4 communities. This will ensure that their communities understand the far reaching effects of sexual abuse.Young people within the community will become aware help is available and accessible as well as an understanding that sexual violence can be prevented. Furthermore, there is a community consciousness that reduces stigma and offers support in cases of sexual abuse occurrence
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.