The pattern and characteristics of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors managed at a sexual assault referral centre in Lagos

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine


 
 
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Title The pattern and characteristics of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors managed at a sexual assault referral centre in Lagos
 
Creator Sodipo, Oluwajimi O. Adedokun, Ayoade Adejumo, Adedeji O. Olibamoyo, Olushola
 
Subject family medicine sexual assault; rape; survivor; perpetrators; Nigeria; Lagos State
Description Background: There has presumably been an increase in cases of sexual assault in Nigeria; however, accurate data on the characteristics of the survivors and perpetrators are not readily available in most cases.Aim: To report the pattern and characteristics of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors managed at the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja – a three-year review.Methods: A retrospective audit carried out in the sexual assault referral centre (SARC) – Mirabel Centre, LASUTH, Lagos State, Nigeria. A total of 2160 case files from July 2013 to January 2017 were assessed for age group of survivors and gender, among others.Results: A total of 2160 cases were analysed. The mean age of survivors was 13.9 (± 4.4) years with the 11–20 years age group having the highest number of survivors (48.4%) and the 0–10 years age group having 35.9% of survivors. Majority of the survivors (97.7%) were female. The majority of the perpetrators were known to the survivors with 10.3% being family members. Defilement (71.6%) was the most reported type of assault at the centre with rape (20.3%) being the second most common. The majority of the referrals to the centre were from the police (76.7%), while self-referrals made up 8% of referrals.Conclusion: Minors and adolescents formed the majority of the survivors. Defilement was the most reported form of sexual violence. There needs to be special intervention for better monitoring and protection of minors and youths against sexual assault. The establishment of more sexual assault referral centres in Nigeria will increase reportage and treatment of survivors.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor
Date 2018-11-15
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1727
 
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 10, No 1 (2018); 5 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1727/2903 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1727/2902 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1727/2904 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1727/2895
 
Coverage Nigeria; Africa — age; gender
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Olujimi O. Sodipo, Ayoade Adedokun, Adedeji A. Adejumo, Olushola Oibamoyo https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0