Lockdowns Aren't An Option for Rape Crisis Centers

COVID-19 lockdowns have posed a difficult dilemma for rape crisis centers.
When lockdowns began in Lagos, Women at Risk International Foundation initially closed its doors. But its 24-hour helpline saw a 64% rise in calls from victims forced to quarantine with their abusers.

So WARIF sourced PPE for staff and reopened with additional safety measures.
The clear uptick in sexual violence amid COVID-19 has forced authorities to reckon with the rape crisis in Nigeria, where 1 in 4 girls has been the victim of sexual violence. Last week, governors across the country declared a state of emergency on rape.

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