LAUNCHED: A web-based platform for victims to report sexual violence

 ‘Salvus’, a web-based platform providing an opportunity for victims of sexual violence to report and get justice, has been launched.

The initiative is being undertaken by Hacey Health Initiative, with support from the Stars Foundation Girl Award and EMpower as well as Access Bank Plc.

Salvus, which means “safe”, was launched earlier this week at a symposium in Lagos with the theme, ‘Building conversations around preventing and responding to sexual violence’.

The Salvus platform hosts a database of sexual violence support service providers that victims can connect to and receive the support they need.

Rhoda Rhobinson, Director of Gender Development Programme at HACEY, described the initiative as a dream come true after several brainstorming sessions on how to prevent sexual violence.

“Sexual violence is a broad issue in our society that needs all hands to be on deck in order to be called to order,” Rhobinson said

    “This is not just about us at HACEY; we have worked with different civil society and government agencies to ensure that this solution doesn’t just combat sexual violence today, but remains sustainable to ensure this is not just a one-time solution.”

    She said Salvus would enable victims and survivors of sexual violence get access to medical and psychological help.

    Rhobinson, who also condemned all forms of sexual violence in conflict situations, urged the government to improve justice system to help end rape and sexual violence in the society.

    In addition to serving as platform to report and get help, Salvus will support community dialogue and social services to ensuring the acceptance and full integration of victims and survivors.

    Chikezie can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @KezieOmeje

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