Missed Opportunities in Comprehensive Response to Sexual Assaults in Ekiti State, Nigeria
Sexual assault referral centres were designed to provide comprehensive services to survivors to mitigate the physical and psychological consequences of rape. However, some of the survivors who reported at these centres did not benefit fully from these, thereby presenting as missed opportunities. We assessed the missed opportunities among the survivors who reported at Ekiti Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria from June 2020 to June 2022. Data were extracted from the records of the Ekiti Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Ado-Ekiti and the Department of Public Prosecution of Ekiti State Ministry of Justice, Ado-Ekiti. The missed opportunities for post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, emergency contraception, economic empowerment and relocation/shelter services were 62.2%, 35.9%, 42.3% and 4.3% respectively. There were 18 convictions out of the 21 concluded cases. Delayed reporting and poor compliance with follow-up schedules appear to be common denominators in these missed opportunities. To improve on the effectiveness of these services, there is a need to understand the cascade of events leading to delayed reporting and poor compliance with follow-up schedules by the survivors. Mobilisation of adequate financial resources is also expedient for the effective delivery of these services.
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