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Curbing sexual offences on girls in Nigeria

Curbing sexual offences on girls in Nigeria
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The girl child is increasingly endangered in the home and at school.

It is a known and documented fact that males are biologically stronger than females on average. In Nigeria where patriarchal norms still hold sway, these dynamics have contributed immensely to the increasing rate of sexual offences to girls. There have been daily reports of increasing vulnerabilities of girls to sexual offences, especially rape. This is worrying and it deserves drastic remedial actions from the government of the country and society at large. It is crucial in making Nigeria a decent country where the rights, health and sanity of the girl child is protected.

Nigerians are often provided with evidence that the girl child is endangered not only in the home but also at school. These places, which are supposed to be safe havens, are becoming increasingly unsafe for her at an alarming rate. An example is in a November 2022 publication, which is titled “16 facts about violence against women and girls in Nigeria for the 16 days of activism” – a Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, which was initiated by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). According to the publication, half of the girls who experienced sexual violence experienced it at home.

School enrollment should be a protective factor rather than a risk factor.

Girls also report that the second most common location where they experience sexual abuse is at school. The report argues that children feel the most unsafe when they are walking to and from school. To support this point, there is a recent media report which states that no fewer than 65 pupils were reportedly raped by their teachers across the country between January and November 2022. Shockingly, the survivors’ ages range from 2 – 16 years. This is a public concern because school enrollment should be a protective factor rather than a risk factor. These occurrences can discourage female enrollment in schools, especially in Northern Nigeria where children’s enrollment in schools are significantly lower than the one in the South.

Every report that has been published on sexual abuse on females has not failed to investigate the demography of the perpetrators. These abusers have a consistent profile and relationship with the victims. They are often the children know, such as relatives, teachers, peers and class mates. According to reports, the girl child is most likely to experience sexual violence in the abuser’s home, then the victim’s home, at school, at someone else’s home, and finally on a road. This is sad because the home and schools are inevitable critical child socialization institutions, where children learn moral and values, and are being nurtured.

Reasons why rape cases have persisted in Nigeria.

Despite the law’s recommendation of life imprisonment for the offence of rape, cases have persisted. This shows that the rape crisis in Nigeria has not been handled with all the seriousness it deserves. The director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, tried to find an explanation for why the cases of rape have continued to occur. In a report titled, “Nigeria: A harrowing journey; access to justice for women and girls survivors of rape,” she regretted that many victims of rape are denied justice and hundreds of rape cases are underreported due to corruption, stigma and victim-blaming in Nigeria. Because of these, it is increasingly difficult for survivors to get justice while perpetrators get away with human rights violations.

Clearly, lack of persecution or punishment of offenders, low rate of prosecution, and slow timeline for justice delivery also aid the freedom of those associated with rape and other kinds of sexual abuse. Judges are known to adjourn cases until the investigating police officers (IPOs) are transferred to other states and cannot be traced again. Other reasons include: lack of access to legal information, aid or protection; states’ non-adoption of relevant laws prohibiting violence against women and girls; low level of awareness about the laws as well as inadequate efforts on the part of public authorities to promote the awareness of and enforce existing laws.

Sexual abuse shouldn’t be condoned by anybody.

Rape and other kinds of sexual abuse should not be explained away, condoned or justified by anybody. Rape cases must be speedily checked because of the huge socio-economic costs on the country as well as the physical, mental and social impact on the victims. Rape thrives because the culprits are not being punished or are not seen to be so. Consequently, the punishment should be stricter and enforced to deter potential offenders. There are should be a safe system to encourage people to report rape cases to the police and to improve the processing speed of cases by the courts. Also, violence against children, especially girls, should be prioritized. Finally, there should be social censure (public repudiation) of violent behaviors and of perpetrators of sexual abuse to reverse the trend.


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18 days ago

Curbing sexual offences on girls in Nigeria – The girl child is increasingly endangered in the home and at school. – Express your point of view.

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18 days ago

We need to ensure we can curb this sexual offences that are going on in Nigeria. We should desist from objectifying women.

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18 days ago

. This is alarming, and the nation’s government as well as the entire society should take immediate corrective measures. It is essential to transforming Nigeria into a moral nation where the rights, health, and sanity of girls are safeguarded.

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18 days ago

Sexual offences is becoming too rampant. sexual abuse shouldn’t be condoned by anybody. Anyone found guilty should be severely punished.

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18 days ago

It is a well-known and empirically supported fact that males are, on average, more biologically powerful than girls.

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18 days ago

These characteristics have been a significant contributor to the rise in the number of sexual assaults committed against girls in Nigeria, a country in which patriarchal standards are still prevalent.

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18 days ago

The frequency of sexual assaults has reached an unacceptable level. Abuse of a sexual nature should never be tolerated under any circumstances. Everyone who is proved to be responsible should face serious consequences.

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18 days ago

We have a responsibility to make certain that we are able to put a stop to the sexual assaults that are occurring in Nigeria. The objectification of women is something that has to stop.

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18 days ago

The enormous social and economic consequences on the country and the physical, mental, and social damage on the victims need rapid investigation of rape cases.

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18 days ago

Safeguard of girls in both home and school should be effective we need to curb sexual offence in our country stop sexual abuse and penalized anybody who is found guilty without exceptional

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17 days ago

Sexual attacks are occurring at an intolerable rate. Sexual abuse is never acceptable and should never be allowed. Serious repercussions should be meted out to everyone who is found to be accountable.

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17 days ago

Our girl child needs a lots of protection they suffer various things from abuse,molestation, rape and others the girl rights rights needs to be worked upon and enforced in all states and severe punishment for any one committing such offences against the girl child.

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17 days ago

Lots of sensitization campaign still need to be done concerning the issue of girls child sexual offence across the country because many of the act is been seen on social media and people think the are good.

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17 days ago

Why won’t the cases of rape continue to increase in Nigeria. It is because the culpable have not been caught and dealt with accounting to the law.

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17 days ago

Curbing sexual offences on girls in Nigeria. So many Nigeria girls are suffering from this offends of sexual abuse. Government need to do something to prevent it.
Parents also have to do they part in upbringing of the children.

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17 days ago

According to the findings of the study, domestic settings were the most common location for sexual assaults suffered by young women.

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17 days ago

According to surveys conducted on female students, schools rank as the second most common setting in which they are subjected to sexual harassment or assault.

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17 days ago

Due to the fact that going to school ought to operate as a protective factor rather than a danger factor, this is a matter of public concern.

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17 days ago

These kinds of incidents might be discouraging for young women to consider attending school, which is especially problematic in Northern Nigeria, where the proportion of children attending school is substantially lower than in the South.

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17 days ago

To increase the number of rape reports made to authorities and the efficiency with which the courts handle these reports, a secure mechanism is needed.

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17 days ago

To completely curb this continuous sexual abuse and rape of girls The federal government must enforce the law that is already enacted.

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17 days ago

Sexual attacks are occurring at an intolerable rate. Sexual abuse is never acceptable and should never be allowed. Everyone who is found to be at fault must deal with harsh penalties.

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