SEXUAL AND GENEDER BASED VIOLENCE (SGBV)
WHAT IS SGBV
Sexual and gender based violence is any act of sexual, physical and domestic violence against anyone, male or female. Sexual and gender based violence can also be in the forms of emotional, psychological or mental abuse that not only inflicts physical injuries on victims and in extreme cases death but also causes inferiority complex and low self-esteem.
Daily, young girls and women including boys and men are raped are sexually assaulted and in most cases brutalized. Rape is any unlawful sexual activity against the will of the victim via the use of force, threat of voice or deceit.
Consent must be given before any sexual activity and content can be withdrawn at any time. No means no and should be regarded as such irrespective of any circumstance. Anyone who commits rape or engages in any sexual activity against the will of the victim should be promptly prosecuted.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation, also known as female genital cutting is the process of partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Sadly, female genital mutilation in Nigeria accounts for the most female genital mutilation all over the world.
In some cultures, female genital mutilation is compulsory and parents do not have the right to keep their daughters away from this culture. Statistics as at 2012 reveals that in Nigeria, 27% of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are victims of female genital mutilation. More saddening is the fact that the process is carried out by traditional medicine practitioners who do not have any knowledge of medicine and human anatomy.
Jungle justice is one vice that should be totally condemned by all and sundry. It is evil, wicked, barbaric and animalistic. It is called jungle justice because it ought not to be found in civilized societies. It is an act that should have no place in our society. For some, jungle justice is a mirage that can never happen to them but take a minute to imagine that you are walking on the street and suddenly you hear people screaming “thief, thief” and you turn around to see someone running towards your direction because he was being chased by an angry mob. On reflex, you take to your heels because you don’t want to get caught up in the act and then suddenly the thief starts pointing at you and screaming “that’s the thief.” Consumed by the passion for vengeance, the mob runs after you, strike you, beat you and begin to accuse you of crimes you never thought of committing even in your wildest imagination. The society cannot afford to frown at other crimes such as domestic violence yet turn a blind eye to jungle justice which is in itself the icing on the cake on all sorts of violence. Our voices should be unanimous in demanding a total eradication of this act.
Psychological and Emotional Abuse
These forms of abuses include:
Isolation from others
Control her activities
Intimidation through destruction of property
Harassment or stalking
Threats of violence
Constant belittling and humiliation
Spending family funds
Making most financial decisions
Not contributing financially to the family
Controlling the victim’s access to health care, employment, etc.
Do You Know
♥ Unlawful Anal or Oral sex is Rape
♥ A man can also be raped
♥ Using any form of object on any person in any opening of the body is Rape
♥ Female genital mutilation is a violent act against a person
♥ Incision of tribal marks on any part of the body is a violent act
♥ Domestic violence is an offense
♥ Jungle justice is a violent act
♥ Forced/child marriage
♥ A person who incites, aids, abets or causes another to commit an act of violence commits and offence
Do not commit any violence act against any person!