By Damilola Ojomu CEAF STAFF
Sexual assault is something that is increasing day by day, women are sexually assaulted by their legally married husband at home, this are also seen in among our teenagers. Our women are not secure anymore and are been preyed on just because they are weak and unable to protect them self.
Married women at home face this at from their so called husband while young girls sexually assaulted by their boyfriend who drug them or use force on them. Research shows that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. Sexual violence is divided into the following types: Completed or attempted forced penetration of a victim. Completed or attempted alcohol/drug-facilitated penetration of a victim.
Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and may increase sexual transmitted diseases. Factors associated with increased risk of perpetration of violence include low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality.
Stories and News about sexual assault in our society is getting out of hands, its not encouraging at all i was discussing with a friend of mine who eventually told me the story of her cousin facing this issue and this story made me shed tears.
My friends cousin got pregnant for a young man when she was in secondary school just because she want to put an end to her street hawking and not knowing she will face more danger on the long run. she moved in with the young man who she think was a caring man, they lived happily for some month not until her so called husband began to show is true color, he comes home late in the night drunk and feels her presence as a trash, he then turn the poor girl into punching bag and he sexually assaulted the poor girl until she lost her pregnancy. i felt sorry for the poor girl when i heard the touching story.
Women should be treated with respect, they should be cared for, Violence against women by any one is always wrong, whether the abuser is someone you dated; a current or past spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend or a stranger.
Steps to take when you are sexually assaulted
1. Stay as far as possible away from that kind of person who assaulted you sexually because such person can do something worst to you that can end your life
2.Call a friend or family you trust when this happen and narrate what happen to them.
3. Notify the law enforcement on what happen and make sure you provide evidence for them to know you are telling the truth.
4.Go to the Nearest hospital for you to be examined and treat any injuries inflicted on you.
5. Ask for a support group you can attend.
Assist anyone you who is facing domestic violence, lets join in this campaign and end this.
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