THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 14, No. 2 (2016)
Special Considerations and Reporting among Crime Victims in Lagos: A Qualitative Study
Johnson O. Ayodele1 & Adeyinka A. Aderinto2
1Department of Sociology Lagos State University Lagos, Nigeria
2Department of Sociology University of Ibadan Ibadan, Nigeria
It is commonly assumed that victims’ reporting decision making is contingent upon some special normative and contextual considerations. This study examines the effects of these special considerations on crime reporting practices among victims in Lagos, Nigeria, using the qualitative method. The findings indicate that some special considerations anchored on cultural indices of stigmatization, stereotypes, taboos, tenderness of age, and gender are critical to victims’ decision-making choices for reporting in the study area. Consequently, it is suggested that government should use public enlightenment to make rational than normative thoughts steer reporting among victims for public safety in Lagos, Nigeria.
Keywords: Reporting practices, stigmatization, public enlightenment, public safety