Home News 5 reasons child-rape cases are on the increase in Nigeria
According to a NEWSROOM correspondent,He analysed the Juvenile rape cases and unnatural acts to be on the increase in Nigeria.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, has recently described as worrisome rape incidents in the state.
Reports of thousands of rape cases continue to trail the news both online and offline.
Below are some of the reasons why juvenile rape is on the increase in Nigeria:
Psychological rationale and joblessness:
A man, Joseph John, who was recently arrested by the police in Lagos after it was alleged that he raped an eight-year-old girl was said to be unemployed.
John had allegedly promised to give the girl N100 if she agreed to follow him home.
The young girl’s mother noticed she was bleeding and on asking what happened, was told that the suspect, “Uncle Joseph”, was responsible.
According to reports and confessions from teenage abusers, many grownups lure their victims into having sex with them for ritual purposes.
Some of the teenagers are told that they would die or never bear children if they tried to reveal what had happened to them.
Nigeria is indeed a strange country with some of the weirdest traditions: from cleansing corpses and using the water to prepare communal meals to using a white handkerchief to wipe off the semen of a woman after sex as a source of wealth.
Alcohol and drug abuse:
The rate at which young people take alcohol and drugs in Nigeria is alarming. The resultant effect of high dosage of drugs and alcohol causes impaired judgment and coordination associated with acquaintance assault, rape and unplanned sexual experiences.
Many Nigerians have used sexual violence against teenagers as a tool to humiliate, emasculate, and terrorise perceived enemies.
Only a small portion of rape is reported:
Most teenagers are often shy to publicly speak about their harassment experiences, for fear of stigmatisation, which hinders other victims to come forward.
In Africa, it’s not often we get to talk about rape. When we do, it is done in whispers and never to be discussed publicly. The resultant effect of the “loud silence” is that victims are indirectly turned into the accused.
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