The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse in Two Communities in South Western Nigeria

By Bayode Isaiah Popoola and Babatunde A. Adeyemi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper investigated the prevalence of sexual abuse of women in two communities in South Western Nigeria. It determined the major perpetrators of reported sexual abuse and the coping strategies adopted by victims.
Participants consisted of 185 women selected from four local government areas in the two communities of Ife and Modakeke in Osun State, Nigeria. A self-report questionnaire was administered to collect information on the nature of sexual abuse experienced by women as well as adopted coping strategies. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results of data analysis showed that strangers were major perpetrators of many acts of sexual abuse against women. A significant proportion of women reported a high level of sexual abuse with unwanted touching of body parts by men, unprotected sex and embarrassing sexual comments as the most frequent forms. The results further showed that submission to the perpetrator or enduring the abuse was a common coping strategy adopted by women. The study also found that women’s level of education did not significantly influence their being sexually abused, but their marital status was found to be a significant factor.
The study brings into focus the urgent need for state legislation specifically prohibiting all forms of sexual violence against Nigerian women

Keywords: Sexual Abuse, Sexual Coercion, Sexual Victimization

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.125-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.220MB).

Dr. Bayode Isaiah Popoola

Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Dr. Bayode Popoola has a Ph.D in Guidance and Counselling from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He is currently a Lecturer and Counsellor at the Counselling Unit of the Obafemi Awolowo University. He teaches Sexuality Education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in addition to providing counselling services to students of sexuality-related issues. His research interest is in the area of sexuality education. He is a member of the Counselling Association of Nigeria.

Babatunde A. Adeyemi

Lecturer, Institute of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Mr. Adeyemi Babatunde is a lecturer in Social Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is an accomplished researcher in the field of Social Studies and Education. He has worked extensively with young people in a number of field work.

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