Founded in July 2013 by Itoro Eze-Anaba, the Mirabel Centre is Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), providing help and a safe place to survivors of rape and sexual assault.
It was announced today that The Duchess of Cornwall has become the Mirabel Centre’s first patron. The Duchess of Cornwall said:
Survivors who have recently or in the past been sexually assaulted can access free post-incident support services at the centre. In the last 8 years, the Mirabel Centre has provided free medical and psychosocial support services to over 6,450 survivors (including persons with disabilities).
For several years, The Duchess of Cornwall has highlighted the work of domestic abuse and sexual assault charities in the UK and overseas in supporting victims and survivors, with the aim of breaking the taboo around the subject. Her Royal Highness has visited shelters and support centres around the world and in 2020 became Patron of the UK domestic abuse charity, SafeLives.
Her Royal Highness has attended round table discussions on domestic abuse in Australia in 2015, in New Zealand in 2019, and as part of the Women’s Forum at CHOGM in London in 2018. The Duchess visited Nigeria together with The Prince of Wales in 2018 when her engagements included joining a discussion hosted by the Women of the World Festival (WOW) saying:
In a statement, Mirabel Centre founder, Itoro Eze- Anaba, said:
Speaking also, the UK’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing CB said:
Located in a modest two-room building within the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in the heart of the city, the Centre is currently expanding its residence to make adequate room to serve survivors of sexual violence promptly.