We are a youth-led social enterprise advocating against sexual violence, providing prevention mechanisms, and supporting survivors with psychosocial services. We advocate for rape survivors who can’t speak about their ordeal due to stigmatisation, by enlightening our community on the need to end rape and victim-blaming.
STER was started with the firm belief that no survivor should suffer in silence and that comprehensive support systems are crucial for their healing and justice. We strive to create a society that stands against rape, supports survivors, and holds perpetrators accountable. Our ultimate goal is to eradicate rape and create a safe and inclusive Nigeria for all.
Since our inception, we have made significant strides in the fight against sexual violence. Our organisation has provided support and counselling to numerous survivors facilitated the prosecution of perpetrators, and advocated for policies that protect survivors’ rights.
Through our awareness campaigns, we have reached thousands of individuals, challenging societal norms and raising consciousness about the issue of sexual violence.
We are particular about building the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively respond to cases of sexual violence. They provide training for professionals in various fields, such as law enforcement, healthcare, and social work, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle cases sensitively and professionally.
With full knowledge of the significance of data and research in understanding the scope and nature of sexual violence. We conduct studies, collect data, and collaborate with academic institutions or research organisations to generate evidence-based insights that can inform their programs and advocacy efforts.
We use various platforms to educate people and also engage in interactive sessions via social media. We are working towards the day when rape is part of history, rather than a part of our everyday lives.
We employ a multifaceted approach to tackle sexual violence, incorporating these four pillars:
We focus on raising awareness about SGBV by conducting sensitization campaigns, workshops, and seminars. They actively engage with schools, communities, and religious institutions to educate people about consent, rape prevention, and the importance of reporting cases of sexual violence.
2. Policy Advocacy:
We are dedicated to advocating for policies and legal reforms that address SGBV effectively. They engage with relevant stakeholders, such as lawmakers, government agencies, and civil society organisations, to push for legislation that protects survivors’ rights, strengthens the justice system, and ensures comprehensive support services for survivors.
We work towards ensuring that perpetrators of SGBV face accountability for their actions. They provide support and guidance to survivors through the legal process, including helping them access justice, facilitating reporting of cases, and supporting survivors during court proceedings. STER also collaborates with law enforcement agencies to improve their responsiveness to cases of SGBV.
We place a strong emphasis on prevention through education and community engagement. They develop and implement programs that challenge harmful cultural norms, stereotypes, and attitudes that perpetuate SGBV. We also provide training for teachers, parents, and community leaders on how to recognise signs of abuse, support survivors, and prevent sexual violence.
Additionally, we run a 24/7 confidential hotline where survivors can seek support, guidance, and referrals to relevant services. They also provide counselling services, medical referrals, and collaborate with partner organizations to ensure survivors have access to comprehensive care.
Through our collective efforts in awareness, policy advocacy, accountability, and prevention, we aim to create a society free from sexual and gender-based violence, where survivors are supported and empowered, and perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.
Our Mission Statement
To catalyse innovative programs, policies, and public engagement efforts and create transformative policy-wide behavioural and systemic changes in the lives of women and girls in Nigeria.
Our Vision Statement
To create an equitable, safe and resilient society where all persons are free from sexual violence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER)?
Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) is a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, that is committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and advocating for an end to rape in Nigeria.
What does STER do?
STER provides support and care for survivors of sexual violence through a range of services, including counselling, medical and legal assistance, and referrals to appropriate agencies. We also conduct community outreach programs and advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote prevention.
How can I get involved with STER?
You can get involved with STER by volunteering your time and skills, making a donation, or supporting the our advocacy campaigns. You can visit our website to learn more about how to get involved.
Is STER only active in Lagos, Nigeria?
No, STER has a national presence in Nigeria, with offices and outreach programs in several states across the country. We also partner with other organisations and individuals across Nigeria to promote its mission of ending sexual violence.
Does STER work with men and boys to prevent sexual violence?
Yes, STER works with men and boys to prevent sexual violence through its advocacy and community outreach programs. We believe that engaging men and boys in the conversation about sexual violence is essential to ending the culture of impunity and silence surrounding sexual violence in Nigeria.
Does STER provide legal support for survivors of sexual violence?
Yes, STER provides legal support for survivors of sexual violence through partnerships with legal organisations and individual lawyers. We also provide training for legal professionals on how to handle cases of sexual violence.