Dorcas Inyang Johnson, Eseme Daniel Gberevbie


Rape is a long-standing crime that is gradually becoming a way of life in developing societies. With the high incidences of rape that occur on a daily basis, it could be referred to as an epidemic. With victims refusing to report their ordeal to the law enforcement agencies, it has become so difficult to produce accurate statistics on rape in Nigeria. These issues acted as a catalyst for this study as it is borne out of the failure of the authorities to reduce the crime of rape. Arising from the identified loopholes, this paper embarked on a study of rape prevalence in Lagos State, Nigeria utilizing the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women as the frame of analysis. Data were gathered from both primary and secondary sources. With retrieved data from the 340 out of 384 copies of questionnaire analyzed, interviews conducted and secondary sources, the study discovers that rape is surging rather than subsiding. It further observed that the blame on indecent dressing as a key causal factor for rape was misleading as it contributed minimally to the cause. The paper recommended the strengthening of existing laws on rape in other to act as a deterrence mechanism to would-be offenders. It strongly called for the utilization of ICT- enabled technologies in the fight against rape and suggests the forging of synergies and linkages between the government and non-state actors. It concluded that the relevant government parastatal should ensure the Nigerian state benefits from preexisting coalitions or conventions, which the state has assented to rather than join more without any mutual benefits accruing to her.


Assault, Gender, Lagos, rape, Nigeria, Violence

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