oa Mosenodi - Removing the veil: presenting and addressing sexual violenceand young women's reproductive health in a Nigerian University

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



Recently, in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the incidence of rape and sexual harassment has assumed epidemic proportions and is identified as one of the greatest problems facing female under-graduates. Considering the pervasiveness and frequency of rape and sexual harassment in these institutions, the study considers it germane to focus on the female victims of these forms of sexual violence with a view to assessing the consequences on their reproductive health. A qualitative research approach, involving interactive discussions, observations and examination of official documents, was adopted to collect and discuss relevant data on six reported cases in a Nigerian university within a four-year period. The results showed high consequential impact of the sexual violence act on the victims. Apart from the physical impacts, the result also highlighted a high level of emotional and behavioral damage inflicted on the victims of rape and sexual harassment. The need to train healthcare providers to give holistic medical care' to victims of sexual violence was identified.

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