WHY THE MIRABEL CENTRE IS UNIQUE

• First in Nigeria: The Mirabel Centre is the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Nigeria and the second in West Africa.

• Specially trained compassionate professionals: All the staff at the Centre are specially trained professionals with skills to deal with issues of rape and sexual assault. The doctors and nurses underwent intensive  training on forensic medical examination from a licensed forensic medical examiner from the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, UK. They are therefore equipped with skills to carry out intensive head to toe examination of clients while looking out for injuries. The counselors were also specially trained with skills to attend to clients in a professional manner while maintaining confidentiality and respecting the clients’ choices. The trainer was a licensed trauma counselor from the St Marys’ Sexual Assault Referral Centre, UK.

Credible, disaggregated data: The management information system at the Centre provides credible, disaggregated and verifiable data on sexual assault in Lagos state. It provides information about the age bracket of women and girls who are victims, the areas of the state with the highest incidents of rape and sexual assault, as well as the type of assault that is most prevalent in the state.

One stop service centre: The Centre is a one stop service centre that provides timely and professional services free of charge to survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Clientele: The Centre provides services to different clients including children, girls, boys and women. The youngest client at the Centre was 4 months and the oldest 70 years old. As at December 2015, the Centre had provided services to over 1,121 clients from different parts of Lagos State

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