Adult Rape Clinic Takes Fight to the Community




Urban Craft magazine (UC) had the honour of interviewing one Memory Kadau (MK), the co-director for non-governmental organisation Adult Rape Clinic (ARC) in an effort to find out more about this unique initiative and the essential role that it is playing in our society.
Though brief, our chat was rather enlightening and it is our hope that whoever is reading this article will have a better understanding of what ARC is all about and the work that goes on behind the scenes.

Below are excerpts from the interview………..

[UC] For the benefit of our readership, would you mind giving us a brief background in as far as the Adult Rape Clinic is concerned?

[MK] The Adult Rape Clinic (ARC) was founded in 2009 as a response to the dire lack of appropriate facilities for the response of rape in existing institutions. The Clinic offers private, confidential and free services for survivors of rape, male or female all ages. Our services include:
- treatment of injuries
- pregnancy testing and administering emergency contraception
- prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Voluntary HIV testing and counselling and administration of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- medical examination and collection of forensic evidence
- psychological care/counselling
- facilitating termination of pregnancy if pregnancy resulted from the rape
- follow-up care
- referral to other support organizations
- Multi-sectoral training of service providers
- Outreach and awareness Campaigns


[UC] What would you say were some of the reasons behind the setting up of this initiative and how far have you gone in realizing those?

[MK] The Clinic was setup due to lack of a specialized dedicated service, inadequate management, and inadequate training of health personnel, rape survivors would often suffer long delays, revictimization and medical affidavits were completed improperly compromising the court process.

We we have observed people are coming for services both male and female and we have noticed a double increase in number of survivors seeking services and gladly most are coming within 72hrs.


[UC] What are some of the programs that you have put in place to make sure that you spread awareness of your organization and its work?

[MK] In effort to help communities own the problem identifying with it as a root cause and not view it as an external issue we have an Outreach and Awareness Department. ARC conducts trainings, workshops peer educator trainings, trainings of focal persons in communities.
The clinic also raises awareness using various media platforms especially social media.

We engage ourselves in training multi-disciplinary service providers (all groups that are involved in the management of rape survivors) and the Victim Friendly system. This is all an effort to come together to standardise the management of Sexual Gender Based Violence.
The clinic is also involved in Outreach and Awareness programs in schools, churches, communities, workplaces.

[UC] How has the response from the community been to you and your efforts thus far?

[MK] In the communities we have raised awareness, we have managed to see vast changes in terms of understanding Sexual Gender Based Violence and responsiveness. Some communities have gone to the extent of building protective mechanisms in reporting and supporting rape survivors in their society. They have realised SGBV as a problem and how it hinders progress therefore devised ways of curbing it.

[UC] What are your immediate and long-term goals in as far as this initiative is concerned?

[MK] The ultimate vision is for the facility to be replicated across the country, and to be incorporated into the government health delivery system. ARC also aims to be one of the key resource centres for multi-disciplinary training in clinical management of rape and for important operational research in this field and to eventually have comprehensive clinical management of rape included in the curriculum of both medical and nursing students.

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