Sexual assault at Universities is drastic

Sexual assault at Universities is drastic
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The number of sexual assaults occurring on campus is out of control.

On October 4, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari stated that “sex for grades” and other corrupt practices had reached frightening proportions at the nation’s universities. In 2019, the BBC exposed sexual harassment at two universities in Ghana and Nigeria using an undercover reporter, which sparked discussions on social media about the issue of “sex for grades.” Little, according to critics who charge that the government failed to eradicate the practice, has changed since that time. Buhari, however, stated at an anti-corruption summit in Abuja that the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission was investigating and prosecuting cases of sexual harassment and power abuse in educational institutions.

According to Buhari, students have developed terminology to describe various types of corruption on college campuses. Exam malpractice, sex for marks, sex for changing grades, sorting for money, and other practices are all present, according to Buhari. Sexual harassment has reached alarming levels. Other instances of corruption at universities, according to Buhari, include lecturers writing dissertations for students for a fee, paying salaries to people who aren’t there and lecturers working multiple full-time jobs. For better pay and benefits, lecturers at public universities have been on strike for more than seven months. According to Buhari, those who go on protracted strikes for tenuous justifications are just as complicit in undermining government spending on education as those who don’t.

Nigerian Universities encourage sexual harassment of female students.

The investigation, which involved speaking to students from at least eight universities, administrators, lecturers, and representatives of university academic unions from across Nigeria, disclosed a near total ignorance of the issue and lack of willingness to even discuss it. This is in spite of the fact that sexual harassment and sexual assault are extremely common in Nigerian universities. Many times, indicted lecturers and other staff members received nothing more than the directive to stop sinning. Nigerian universities hardly ever dismiss lecturers for sexually harassing female students, with the exception of a few instances involving well-connected students. Universities, including for-profit institutions, have unilaterally rejected calls from campaigners and human rights advocates to enact sexual harassment policies as a way to address the issue.

Nearly all of the students who were interviewed said that they had either experienced sexual harassment or knew of another student who had. The harassment was allegedly committed by a lecturer or other member of the university staff. Many of them admitted that when lecturers or other male students harassed them, they had no idea where to turn or who to confront. All of them expressed a lack of confidence in the university administration’s capacity or willingness to uphold the law in cases of sexual harassment and assault. Nearly every student who reported being sexually harassed said they were afraid of being victimized if they reported it.

The launch of an Anti-Sexual Harassment campaign.

Kabiru Dakata, a member of the consortium and the Executive Director of the Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA), made the request in a statement to journalists in Kano after the Anti-Sexual Harassment campaign’s hashtag was released. This is a result of the persistent sexual harassment of female students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. According to a 2018 World Bank Group survey, 70% of female graduates from tertiary institutions in Nigeria reported experiencing sexual harassment from peers and teachers. A group of civil society organizations, including CAJA, Social Action, We the People, and led by Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), conducted research in 19 tertiary institutions across six states in Nigeria. One of the factors that discouraged people from reporting sexual harassment was the lack of clear reporting channels.

By starting the Anti-Sexual Harassment campaign, the Cluster will contribute to resolving some of the issues mentioned as well as to the long-term goals of raising its voice in support of the timely presidential assent of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill, the establishment of an independent sexual harassment prohibition committee in tertiary institutions, and the creation of the “Campaign against Sexual Harassment (CASH)” Club. The Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill was recently signed into law in Nigeria by the National Assembly. The goal of the law is to uphold and protect tertiary institutions’ ethical standards. Additionally, it aims to safeguard students from sexual assault and stop teachers in tertiary institutions from sexually assaulting students.

The campaign needs support of the Social Media Influencers.

However, we use this platform to ask social media influencers, advocates against gender-based violence and all Nigerians who are concerned to support the campaign by spreading the hashtags on both traditional and social media platforms in order to get the bill the presidential seal of approval, said Dakata. With the hashtags #AssentToSexualHarassmentBill, #SayNo2SGBVonCampus, and #EndSexualHarassmentonCampus, the consortium began a campaign against sexual harassment. Members of the consortium comprise of CSO such as Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) Kano State, Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) Abuja, Village Debbo Care Initiative (VDCare) Kaduna State, Sefjamil Media and Development (SMD) Kano State, Joint Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD), Gombe State Chapter, Women`s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) Lagos State and Connected Development – Akwa Ibom State (CODE).


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Ask Nigeria
1 month ago

Sexual assault at Universities is drastic – The number of sexual assaults occurring on campus is out of control. – Express your point of view.

theApr
Member
1 month ago

It’s quite unfortunate how prevailing sexual assault has become in Nigerian universities. The assault is almost a chain network among the lecturers and authorities such that reporting to necessary authorities only makes matters worse. These menace need to be looked into asap

Remi1
Member
1 month ago

“All of them expressed a lack of confidence in the university administration’s capacity or willingness to uphold the law in cases of sexual harassment and assault.” This is really appalling. Nearly every student who reported being sexually harassed said they were afraid of being victimized if they reported it

Tonerol10
Member
1 month ago

Is only in Nigeria university that lectures we come to class and tell the class that nobody can ever score 45 as if the we the student are all doom.
They we say do the needful. What is the needful? Pay money, buy their manuel, ladies who won to pass easy can sleep with them(sex). Very annoyiny lecteures. I hate them with passion. They need to be prosecuted

SarahDiv
Member
1 month ago

This sex for mark by lectures has been on for a look time. Many innocent student has fallen victim of this mischievous lectures and it has been going on unabated. The tertiary institutions authority never put the necessary laws and regulations to curb this act. I think it is high time government step up and pass a law to mitigate against it.

jdpumping
Member
1 month ago

sexual assault is so common in Nigeria universities and the most targeted are female students,they need strict laws in order to punish offenders so it can serve as deterrent to others

Adeolastan
Member
1 month ago

Sex for grade has been in existence for ages and this is part of the problem facing education system in Nigeria and its very serious issue which need to be eradicated as soon as possible.

DimOla
Member
1 month ago

The high rate of sex for mark or grades in higher institutions is quite alarming. Lectures commit this atrocities unchecked by the school authority. Measures should be put in place to checkmate these anomaly in schools.

Ultra0711
Member
1 month ago

Not at the university level alone sexual assault should be eradicated generally in our society.

Ultra0711
Member
1 month ago

Social media especially should be utilised to campaing towards stopping gender-based violence, and any other Nigeri

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 month ago

In Nigerian universities, dismissing academics for sexually assaulting female students is extremely rare, with a few notable exceptions involving students with strong connections to the university administration. Universities

Taiwoo
Member
1 month ago

the hashtags on both traditional and social media channels in order to gain support for the law from the President of the United States.

Hassan Isa
Member
1 month ago

We would like to take this opportunity to solicit support for the campaign from social media influencers, activists working to stop gender-based violence, and any other Nigerians who are concerned about the issue.

Tolaniiii
Member
1 month ago

Strikers with flimsy grounds for prolonged strikes undermine public investment in education just as much as those who don’t participate in such actions.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 month ago

Students have established a vocabulary to characterize the many different sorts of corruption that can be found on college campuses.

Christiana
Member
1 month ago

Cases of sexual harassment and abuse of authority at educational institutions are currently being investigated and prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

Cases of sexual harassment and misuse of authority in educational institutions were being investigated and prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission at the time.

Adesanyaj72
Member
1 month ago

Since then, there have been claims made by detractors who assert that the government has not been successful in putting an end to the practice. However, President Buhari revealed this when speaking at an anti-corruption summit in Abuja.

Iyanu12345ogg
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1 month ago

With the aims to safeguard students from sexual assault and stop teachers in tertiary institutions from sexually assaulting students. Those privileged and capable to support the campaign by spreading the hashtags on both traditional and social media platforms should render…..

Last edited 1 month ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Haykaylyon26
Member
1 month ago

Sexual assault as been a thing that as been happen continuously every time issue about sexual assault need to be stop in university lecture misuse his power for sexual assault all this need to be stop and return back the dignity

Abusi
Member
1 month ago

This sexual assault in universities is very embarrassing and wrong on all levels. The worst thing is that this cycle still continues over the years. A lot of lecturers should detest from this dastardly act.