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WARIF opens toll-free line for victims of rape, sexual violence

By Waliat Musa
27 October 2021   |   4:03 am
Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape, sexual violence and trafficking of young girls and women in communities across the country...

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape, sexual violence and trafficking of young girls and women in communities across the country, has introduced a 24-hour toll free confidential help line for survivors of rape and sexual violence.
   
In a statement yesterday, Isoken Enehikhuere, Communications Officer at WARIF, said the toll free number, 0800-9210-0009, will serve as a direct means of communication for girls and women in abusive environments, who need help, in both urgent and non-emergency situations. 
 


She said: “The toll-free line is a 24-hour confidential help line now available to serve as a direct means of communication for girls and women in abusive environments who need help. This free service is a lifeline for those who are unable to reach the WARIF Centre or for those who want the anonymity of a phone call to request for assistance and information. The toll-free line affords full access to trained counsellors at the WARIF organisation in a timely fashion.  
  
“Our goal is to provide telephone support services as a first port of contact to all survivors of rape and sexual violence, including counselling services. This will play an important role to those in need of help, their journey to recovery and a successful reintegration into their lives and communities. 
  
“With the prevalence of rape and sexual violence affecting one in four girls and one in eight boys before the age of 18, the need for an available free helpline is critical.”