TREND, CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND CONTROL OF RAPE OF GIRLS IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA

  • K Ijitona Department of General Studies, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun State, Nigeria

Abstract

Rape of women is a social vice which is not only common in every human society but has been in existence for a long time. The shocking aspect of this invasion of the right and dignity of a woman is the involvement of female minors. Hardly will a week pass without one or two incidents of defilement of under aged girls being reported in some newspapers. This study examined the trend, causes, consequences and control of rape of girls in Osun, Oyo,Ondo,Ogun,Ekiti and Lagos States. The sampled population comprised three hundred junior secondary school girls and two hundred and forty six adults. The instruments used were two sets of questionnaire for the girls and the adults. The study revealed that statutory rape was a reality in South-West Nigeria. The rapists indulged in such act for several reasons. The study further revealed that rape of girls is on the increase because most of the victims do not report such incidents to law enforcement officers, while mild punishments are meted out to the few rapists who are convicted. The study suggested severe punishment such as life imprisonment for rapists as stipulated in the Criminal Code.

Published
May 6, 2017
How to Cite
IJITONA, K. TREND, CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND CONTROL OF RAPE OF GIRLS IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA. International Journal of Gender and Development Issues (IJGDI), [S.l.], v. 1, n. 7, p. 75-86, may 2017. ISSN 2545-501X. Available at: <http://ijgdi-futo.com/index.php/futo/article/view/161>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2018.
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