A non-governmental organization, Save the Children, on Wednesday said that sexual assault referral centers in Kaduna State had received a total of 662 cases of abuse against women and children since inception in 2016.
The organisation also said out of the 25 rape cases received, children, were the most affected.
Isah Ibrahim, an advocacy advisor with the NGO made the disclosure in Zaria, during a two-day sensitization workshop on Violence Against Children.
The workshop was organized by the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
“Out of the 662 cases recorded, 373 were received at Gwamna Awan specialist hospital, Nasarawa, 104 received at Sir Patrick Yakowa memorial hospital, Kafanchan, 114 cases at Yusuf Dantsoho specialist hospital, Tudun Wada and 71 received at Gambo Sawaba hospital, Zaria,” he said.
He said the centers provided medical consultation on individual cases and assisted with psychosocial management of the family while in crisis.
Ibrahim mentioned some major flashpoints of child abuse in Kaduna metropolis which include Tudun wada, Kakuri, Gonin Gora, Rigasa, Rigachikun, Sabon tasha, Nasarawa, Romi among others.
He, however, noted that the centers were faced with challenges of weak implementation of policies and limited working time, urging the state government to ensure proper implementation of the Child Right Act.
On her part, the centre manager of Salama sexual assault referral center, Kafanchan, Mrs Grace Yohanna, said the centre provided medical intervention and optional legal intervention for victims of abuse.
She stated that females were mostly affected in terms of abuse with 94 cases out of the 104 cases received at the centre.
“We have 79 cases of emotional abuse and 25 cases of rape; children were most affected in the rape case.
“That is why we want everybody in the community to be part of the war against all forms of violence against children; let’s be our neighbors keepers and report any case of abuse to the nearest center,” she said.
Yohanna who commended the government for providing such centers that support survivors of rape and other sexual abuse stated that the center needed more drugs.
She appealed to members of the public to speak up and report any case of abuse whether physical, sexual or emotional.