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A SURVEY INTO THE PREVALENCE AND PATTERN OF RAPE IN A NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTION


Volume 13, Issue 2, February 2015, Pages 349–353

 A SURVEY INTO THE PREVALENCE AND PATTERN OF RAPE IN A NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTION

Odidika Ugochukwu J. Umeora and Johnson A. Obuna

Original language: English

Received 3 November 2014

Copyright © 2015 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Objective: To determine the incidence and pattern of rape among students in a Nigerian tertiary institution.
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 400 students of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki over a-two month period (between March 1 to April 30, 2014). A well structured self-administered questionnaire was distributed to them in sealed envelopes. These were answered in their privacies and returned sealed.
Results: The response rate was 81.8%. The incidence of rape was 19.3%. 17.7% cases of rape occurred in fair-skinned females and only 1.6% occurred in dark-skinned females. Most of the cases of rape occurred in the age range 20-24 years, 12.5% and among the singles, 19.0%. Most rapes were perpetrated in the afternoon, 33.4%, followed by evening, 31.7%. 87.3% of victims recognized the rapists and could identify them. Most of the perpetrators of rape were relations of the victims, 60.3%. Most of the rape cases took place in the residence of the rapists, 48.6%, and the rapists were older than their victims in 100% of cases. 66.7% of victims did not make report to any person/authority and the commonest reason for not reporting was fear of shame and stigmatization, 70.6%.
Conclusion: The incidence of rape in this study was very high. The victims of rape should be encouraged to open up. There should be legislation of stiffer penalties for the rapists.


Author Keywords: Rape, victims, incidence, tertiary institution.


How to Cite this Article


Odidika Ugochukwu J. Umeora and Johnson A. Obuna, “A SURVEY INTO THE PREVALENCE AND PATTERN OF RAPE IN A NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTION,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 349–353, February 2015.