In Nigeria, it has been difficult for the government to determine exactly how many women are raped annually because it is such a large country and some cases have not been reported to the police. On the contrary, there have been studies done by universities in Nigeria looking at specific rape crimes to try and determine the number of women experiencing sexual harassment in Nigeria. For example, a study done by Mary O. Esere, Adeyemi I. Idowu, Irene A. Durosaro and Joshua A. Omotosho at University of Ilorin in Nigeria on “Intimate Partner Rape and Violence,” found that “principal causes of Intimate Partner Rape/Violence were unequal power relations; alcohol and drug dependence and jealousy” (Esere, Journal of AIDS and HIV Research: Causes and consequences of intimate partner rape and violence: Experiences of victims in Lagos, Nigeria ). Violence is something that Nigerian women become accustomed because of the governmental neglect of the domestic violence they’ve been experiencing.
The self -reported consequences of this rape crime included physical injury (31.87%) , constant headaches (27.27%), sleep disturbances (18.18%), excessive fear and anxiety (9.09%), suicidal ideation (9.09%), and hatred for men (4.55%).The society in which this women live in also has an influence on the judgement of rape in Nigeria; in this society, women are seen inferior to men and they should be subject to men. This is not the case for all of Nigeria, but it is a view held in many areas of the country and the broader African continent as well. The government has acted poorly in establishing harsh laws against rape, and even members of the Nigerian law department feel this way. For example, in Edo, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, cited the current laws in the state as insufficient in tackling the epidemic saying “as the law stands now, there are lots of loopholes for offenders to escape convictions.” On the other hand, the government is trying to come up with laws to amend the situation and laws already existing in order to reduce rape in Nigeria. Rape is still on the rise in Nigeria, and new cases are reported daily. In 2012, Lagos State reported that 427 children had been raped that year, but there were more cases that were not reported to the government ( Ebhuomhan, Inside Nigeria’s growing rape epidemic). The people of Nigeria have begun to say that the rapist committing these crimes are acting of anger and a want for power and this is because of the weak government in place.
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