Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and wife to Prince Charles on twitter Tuesday announced she has been named the first Patron of Mirabel Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Lagos.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has become Patron of @MirabelCentreNG, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Nigeria that provides medical and psychosocial support to survivors of sexual violence,” the tweet from her Twitter page shared with her husband, Charles, Prince of Wales read.
“It is truly a trailblazing organisation, supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault as they seek healing and justice.
“Their vital work means that women no longer have to suffer in silence, and I am deeply grateful to all Mirabel’s wonderful staff and volunteers,” she wrote.
Mirabel Centre on the other hand released a statement on its Twitter page welcoming the Duchess as its first Patron.
In the statement, the centre’s founder, Itoro Eze-Anaba said, “It is an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as our first Patron. We have followed her work with charities working in the SGBV (Sexual and Gender Based Violence) space, and have seen her commitment to survivor support.”
“The current COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed the endemic nature of sexual violence. We have seen a huge number of children and women coming forward to report cases of sexual assault and rape.
“Our youngest survivor is a three-month-old baby and the oldest, an 80-year-old woman. We are confident that the support of the Duchess will make a difference,” she said.
Established in July 2013, Mirabel Centre, Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre has provided free medical care and psychosocial support for more than 6,000 survivors of rape and sexual violence.