Child sexual abuse in Nigeria

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Child sexual abuse in Nigeria is an offence under several sections of chapter 21 of the country's criminal code.[1][2] The age of consent is 18.[3]

UNICEF reported in 2015 that one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18.[4] According to a survey by Positive Action for Treatment Access, over 31.4 percent of girls there said that their first sexual encounter had been rape or forced sex of some kind.[5]

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development reported that 1,200 girls had been raped in 2012 in Rivers, a coastal state in southeastern Nigeria.[5][6]

According to UNICEF, six out of ten children in Nigeria experience emotional, physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18, with half experiencing physical violence.[4][7]

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References

  1. "Chapter 21: Offences against morality", Criminal Code Act, Chapter 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. "Rising cases of rapes". Vanguard Newspaper. 17 January 2014. 
  3. Ben Ezeamalu, "Fact check: Nigeria's Sexual Offences Bill stipulates 18 years, not 11 years, as age of consent", Premium Times, 30 June 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Release of the findings of the Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey", UNICEF Nigeria, 10 September 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Is’haq Modibbo Kawu (23 May 2013). "Nigeria’s troubling epidemic of rapes", Vanguard.
  6. "Hoodlums rape 1,200 girls in Rivers", Vanguard, 27 February 2013.
  7. Chris Stein (10 September 2015). "UN: Child Abuse Prevalent in Nigeria". Voice of Nigeria. 

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