CLARION CALL TO SAVE TEENAGERS FROM SEXUAL VIOLENCE, TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND HIV/AIDS
Violence against women has been called the most pervasive but yet the least recognized human rights abuse in the world especially in Nigeria and Africa at large. Here in Nigeria, this menace partly stems from women’s subordinate status in the society. The trans-generational patriarchal nature of some society today has so weakened the girl-child that she often act from the defeated point of view that even when sexually abused prefers to keep it personal because of possible stigmatization.
Accordingly, UNFPA – state of World Population 2010 affirms that at least one in every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime – most often by someone she knows, including a member of her own family, an employer, a trusted friend or a co-worker, and up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced.