Today is day 3 of MESAD training for prevention and support of victims/survivors of sexual violence. During the first two days, we learned how psychologists/counselors take a confidential report and we learned from the International Rescue Committee about the GBVIMS information system (Excel) which allows us to record and analyze the type and number of crimes.
We heard from a UNFPA worker on her experiences working on GBV. Unfortunately she was fairly pejorative at times.
Next we heard from a CI police commissioner on her experiences preventing and strategically the sensitization of communities against asexual violence, and we heard from a lawyer who explained the different methods to resolving the situation in the judicial courts.
She arranged a short skit to show how and many survivors find it difficult to speak with the police about their experience.
I played a survivor of rape, with two other volunteers playing officers, to demonstrate the correct way to welcome and hear a survivors testimony.
Me pictured with Commissioner Toure and actors (+Olga) below
The lawyer, pictured above.
Lastly we heard from to a doctor presenting the Medical support of Survivors. He focused on the Realities of MGF presented by Dr. Fe… the slides were too graphic to upload, but the last image shows some of the tools used to cut the genitals of young women
He also spoke about the first response that hospitals take when they receive a rape victim so as to prevent unwanted pregnancy, HIV/STI(D)s and other illnesses such as tetanus… This has been an extremely powerful and empowering experience so far… Our provided lunch was pretty good too 🙂
Until next time!