On Tuesday, 29 May 2018, The Young Future Builder Initiative in partnership with One Voice Initiative For Women and Children Emancipation (OVIWCE), Oluwamiranda Initiative, Miranda Graphics, OCI Nigeria and other renowned Organisations organised a WALK AGAINST RAPE in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The WALK AGAINST RAPE’s major focus was on sensitizing Market Men, Women, Children and Community Youths on the need for acceptance and understanding of rape victims and also lobby government on stiffer punishment for rapists.

The Convener of the Walk is Prince Ayodele Mohammed Ataba.

According to Amnesty International, police forces in Nigeria are reported to have perpetrated acts of rape and other sexual abuse against women, in public locations, or while women were transferred to police stations, or while women visited male detainees in police custody; and sometimes police used sexual violence in order to extract confessions and other information.

A study of students of the Polytechnic, Ibadan found that in their lifetimes 1.7% (2.5% of males and 1.1% of females) had raped and 2.7% (5.3% of males and 0.9% of females) had attempted rape.

Out of a sample of 295 female students from Ebonyi State University Abakaliki in Southeast Nigeria, 36.7% had experienced sexual harassment/victimization at least once on campus. Of this, 32.4% had been raped (10.8% of the sample).

A study comparing the sexual practises of 12- to 19-year-old students with and without mild/moderate intellectual disabilities from schools across Oyo State, Nigeria found that 68.3% of the sexually experienced intellectually disabled females reported a history of rape victimization compared to 2.9% of the sexually experienced non-disabled females.

A study analyzing the hospital records of 76 sexual assault victims in Ile-Ife from 2007-2011 found that the majority (76.1%) of the victims that sought help at a hospital did so within 24 hours of their sexual assault, but forensic evidence was not gathered because rape kits have yet to be introduced in the country.

In a 2013 poll of 585 randomly selected adults from six Nigerian geopolitical zones by NOI Polls, 34% answered ‘What do you think is the most prevalent cause of rape in the society?’ with ‘indecent dressing’. 29% said they personally knew a victim of rape.

Africa has the highest prevalence rate of child sexual abuse around 34.4 percent.

As at 2004, 60 per cent of children involved in child trafficking from Africa to Europe  were Nigerians.

Between 2012 and 2013, about 30 percent of women in Nigeria experienced one form of domestic violence or another.

Findings from a National Survey carried out in 2014 on Violence Against Children in Nigeria confirmed one in four females reported experiencing sexual violence in childhood with approximately 70% reporting more than one incident of sexual violence.

In the same study, it was found that 24.8% of females’ ages 18 to 24 years experienced sexual abuse prior to age 18 of which 5.0% sought help, with only 3.5% receiving any services.

The prevalence of rape in local and international communities call for more awareness on its effects on rape victims and the stigma attached to such.

The markets visited were both the Sango and Bodija Market. The day ended with Medical Check-Up for participants and passer-bys.

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