To facilitate safe and confidential reporting of sexual violence incidents and provide access to available comprehensive support service and relevant information, experts in the area of sexual violence prevention have launched a web-based platform known as ‘Salvus’.
The application will enabled victims and survivors of sexual violence to get access to medical and psychological help. Unveiling the platform at the symposium on responding to sexual violence in Lagos State organized by Hacey Health Initiative with support from the Stars Foundation Girl Award and EMpower as well as Access Bank Plc, Director of Gender Development Program at HACEY, Ms. Rhoda Rhobinson said that ‘Salvus’ aimed at support community dialogue and social services for ensuring the acceptance and full integration of victims and survivors.
“Salvus (meaning safe), hosts a data base of sexual violence support service providers that survivors can connect to and receive the support they need. The platform seeks to ease off access and secure transmission of information to service providers; dissemination of information on sexual violence and support services to users.
“Enable access to service providers required by users by sending requests to as many as needed on any number of support services they are in need of and pave way for service providers connecting and collaborating with each other to provide comprehensive care to survivors on the platform and share knowledge.
Rhobinson, said the initiative was a dream come true, “Considering the unending brainstorming sessions as well as burning urge to make our country a safer and better place for all and sundry, Hacey Health initiative considered Salvus as a dream come true. “Moreso, Sexual violence is a broad issue in our society that needs all hands to be on deck in order to be called to order.
This is not just about us at HACEY, we have worked with different civil society and government agency 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” Rhoda also expresses the organisation’s condemnation of all forms of sexual violence in conflict as grave violations of human and peoples’ rights, also, urging the government to improve justice systems to help end rape and sexual violence in the society.