Sexual Violence and Victim Blaming in Nigeria

*Corresponding author: Emmanuel E. Nwusulor* and Ifeoma I. Onwubiko,

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Abstract

Aims and Objectives
To determine the trend and pattern of sexual violence and victim blaming in Nigeria, which is associated with a range of health consequences, to publish the trend and proffer solutions on how to stem the tide.
Methods
Questionnaires were administered to individuals physically by hand as well as electronically via online social media groups.
Results
In this study carried out between July 2019 and August 2020, the opinion of 251 respondents comprising 153 males (61%) and 98 females (39%) between ages 23 and 60 years, were sought concerning who to blame in a sexual violence event: 150 (60%) comprising 120 males (45%) and 30 females (15%) blamed the victim: 80 (31%) comprising 26 males (10%) and 54 females (21%)
blamed the perpetrators, while 21 (9%) comprising 7 males (3%) and 14 females (6%) were indifferent.
Conclusion
Victim blaming is prevalent in Nigeria and this has been one of the major factors that make sexual violence the fastest growing crime in this most populated Sub-Saharan African Country.
Keywords
Sexual violence; Victim blaming; Nigeria.