TREND, CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND CONTROL OF RAPE OF GIRLS IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA
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.
Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the journal and the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.