Sexual assault cases under reported-Pauline Tallen

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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen. [PHOTO CREDIT-Instagram:@Pauline Tallen]

Many cases of sexual assault are under-reported, and most times the cases are poorly prosecuted due to lack of evidence to prove rape, the minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has said.

She said victims are often reluctant to report for the fear of the social stigma associated with rape and survivor blaming.

The minister, who was represented by Ebele Obiefuna, Senior Social Welfare Service spoke on Wednesday at the official commissioning of the first Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC) in FCT said limited facilities to provide victims with necessary medical assistance, trauma centres, and counselling are contributory factors to victims silence.

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