Miss Nigeria 2013 Ezinne Akudo officially launched a Rape Crisis Center under her NGO The Eight Foundation yesterday Monday March 23, 2015
The Eight Foundation was founded in 2014 with the strong goal of supporting victims of sexual assault. The mission of the foundation is to provide help, hope and healing to those affected by sexual violence. The Eight Foundation provides free services in the areas of Crisis Response, Counseling & Support, Court Advocacy, Education & Outreach with the support of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, The Domestic and Sexual Violence response team and the Mirabel Center.
24-year-old law graduate, Ezinne Akudo spoke about the motivation behind opening up the rape crisis center aying , “We live in a world where women are abused daily and are unable to speak up. One out of four women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. This crime can take place at anytime and can happen to anyone regardless of tribe, religion or social class. Sadly, the society’s response to this heinous crime has led victims to believe that silence is the best option. However, Speaking up is our greatest weapon in this fight against sexual violence.”The Eight Foundation Rape Crisis Center is located at 1A Kola Adeniyan Close, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria.