THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 14, No. 2 (2016)
Perception of Sexual Harassment among Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Caroline Okumdi Muoghalu* & Rofiyat Iyabode Olaoye
Department of Sociology and Anthropology Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual harassment is a topical issue in Nigerian universities due to its high occurrence. The research examined its prevalence, determining factors, nature and the perceived health implications identified by students of Obafemi Awolowo University. This cross-sectional study was carried out among 180 randomly selected undergraduates in nine halls of residence through the administration of questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings indicated that 46.7 percent of the respondents had experienced sexual harassment and that absence of deterrence, failure of victims to report, drug abuse and lack of respect for the opposite sex were some of the determining factors. The nature of sexual harassment in the University included unwelcome hugging, sexual assault/rape, threats, sexual jokes and sexual gestures. it was also reported that victims suffer depression, anxiety/panic, sleeplessness, abortion and trauma among others. It was concluded that the students perceive sexual harassment as high and as a product of patriarchal gender relations which has permeated the university system. Strict implementation of the university’s sexual harassment policy will go a long way to reducing the incidence sexual harassment in the institution.
Keywords: sexual harassment, university, health, gender, students and perception