By Habiba Abubakar Ladan
Sexual harassment is a type of harassment technique with explicit or implicit sexual overtones, including the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Sexually harassment ranges from verbal to physical sexual assault or abuse. Sexual harassment occurs in different social settings which include work places, religious places, schools, and homes. Although this harassment don’t know any gender it is mainly regarded to the female gender.
According to the 2014 PEW research statistics on online harassment, 25% of women and 13% of men between the ages of 18 and 24 have experienced sexual harassment while online.
There are many theories that explain the causes of Sexual harassment which are in the context of military conquest, socioeconomic, anger, power, sadism, traits, ethical standards, laws, and evolutionary pressures that lend some explanation to the causes of sexual violence (such as rape, molestation, sexual harassment, stalking, incest, etc.).
It is important to note that all research have only been done on male sexual offenders.
One of the challenges of fighting sexual harassment in northern Nigeria is that sexual harassment is not fully recognized among the people. The only kind of sexual harassment that is recognized is rape and molestation. Girls don’t know if a man alter a sexual words that made them uncomfortable or forced her to act a certain, put hands on her and touch her in an inappropriate manner without her approval is sexual harassment and can be punishable by the law.
Awareness program is highly needed in the in the north to enlighten them of their rights and how they are supposed to be treated by the male gender. They also should be thought how to handle sexual harassment when it happen to them.
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