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Kaduna Inaugurates First Sexual Assault Referral Centre

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The Kaduna State Government on Thursday inaugurated its first Sexual Assault Referral Centre that would provide psycho-social counseling, forensic examination, medical treatment and legal services for victims of sexual assault.

Inaugurating the centre located in Gwmna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri Kaduna, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs Amina Sijuwade, said the development was the initiative of the Justice Reform Committee.

Sijuwade said that the centre would be run by the Ministry of Justice, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Social Development, Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders..

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She said the Ministry of Health would provide forensic examination and treatment, the Nigerian Police would investigate, and the Ministry of Justice would provide legal services.

Sijuwade added that the Ministry of Women Affairs would equally provide psycho-social counseling for the victims, making it a complete package in response to the increasing cases of sexual assault in the state.

“The Ministry of Justice has already designated a gender desk officer who will prepare all legal documents for legal action for victims.


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