Frequently Asked Questions

Our team continually updates the list of questions and corresponding answers to ensure we cover a wide and comprehensive range of possible information you require or concerns you need addressed.

The first thing to do is to call for help immediately. Create a distraction to interrupt the assault without putting yourself in danger. If it is within your power, help the victim escape. They may need support at this time so try and make sure there is someone with them if you can't stay.

In an emergency, call 112 or 767. For any help, either call/visit any of the emergency services listed on the home page or request for help by creating an account on MYSALVUS and submitting an incident report.

The best thing to do is to listen without judgment and provide help when needed. Here's a more detailed list of helpful responses for friends and family:

  • Listen without judgement
  • Let them know that you believe them
  • Ask what more you can do to help
  • Support their decisions

Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual or nonsexual activity. Consent is a clear “yes” to your partner, not the absence of a “no.”  You should not assume that once someone gives consent to doing one thing, they are consenting to it anytime in the future as well or to doing something else. A person can decide to stop an activity at any time, even if they agreed to it earlier.” Also note that:

  • Non-consensual sex is rape.
  • A person who is substantially impaired cannot give consent.
  • A person who is not legally an adult (above 18) cannot legally give consent to sexual contact
  • Under the Nigerian Penal Code, sex with a girl under 14 years of age or who is of unsound mind is rape, irrespective of whether there is consent.

Rape is a type of sexual assault that occurs when a person has unlawful carnal knowledge of woman without her consent, if with her consent, by means of threat or intimidation, or of fraudulent misrepresentation. It involves any forced, manipulated, or coerced penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth by a penis or other object. It’s a crime of violence—often used to scare or degrade the victim. Rape can be perpetrated by anyone.  

"Sexual assault" is any unwanted sexual, physical, verbal, or visual act that forces someone to have sexual contact against his or her will. It’s motivated by the need to controlhumiliate, and harm. Some examples are: harassment, rape, incest, oral sex, molestation, forcing someone to pose for pictures, degrading sexual comments and unwanted touching.

Rape and sexual assault can happen at any time to anyone - regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. However, research has shown that most victims of rape and sexual assault are females younger than 24.

About Us

MySalvus is an interactive sexual violence reporting platform where cases of sexual violence can be reported anonymously.

Contact & Support

34 Curtis Adeniyi Jones Close off, Adeniran Ogunsanya St, 101211, Lagos

(+234) 704-683-5377

For urgent help, contact the Lagos state Domestic Sexual Violence Response Team 'DSVRT'