Children Who Survived Sexual Attacks Not Heard in Nigeria

Violence against children is a global problem. A 2020 Global Status Report revealed that every year, almost one billion children globally encounter some form of violence, such as neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse, writes Steven Kator Iorfa, James Edem Effiong, and Tanya Johri for The Conversation.

The Nigerian government has policies aimed at addressing the varying forms of violence against children, as well as strategies to provide care, rehabilitation, and reintegration of survivors. Protection for children is legislated in the Child's Rights Act 2003. But a UNICEF report based on 2014 figures says one in four Nigerian girls and one in 10 Nigerian boys have been sexually abused.

A study explored the subjective experiences of female adolescent survivors of child sexual violence who tried reporting their experiences to adults. The study found the victims were sometimes discouraged from speaking out and were even blamed for what had happened to them.

Adults should learn to give children safe spaces where they can be heard, understood, believed, and supported, added Steven Kator Iorfa, James Edem Effiong, and Tanya Johri.


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