Sexual violence and rape

Evelyn Chioma Joseph
Posted November 28, 2019 from Nigeria


Sexual assault and rape are weapons used by perpetrators to hurt and dominate others—motivated by a need to control, humiliate, and harm. It is never a survivor’s fault.

Sexual assault refers to any sexual, physical, verbal, or visual act that forces a person to engage in sexual contact against their will or without their affirmative consent. 

Rape commonly refers to forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal, or oral penetration through physical force, such as being restrained or drugged, or threats to escalate violence. 

Sexual violence is a term used to include the many types of sexual harm including (but not limited to) sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, alcohol facilitated sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Sexual violence is a broad term that covers many actions. There are three different types of sexual violence and each can overlap with one another.

Visual sexual violence are actions that are based in being seen or watched. Some examples include having sexually explicit posters or images that are in sight of others. A similar example of visual sexual violence is using another person’s sexually explicit images and sharing those images without permission whether it’s sending it to your friends or posting it to a revenge website.

Verbal sexual violence is anything language based. Catcalling and street harassment are examples of sexual violence that is verbal in nature. Unwanted verbal advances or sexually demeaning comments are also sexual violence.

Physical violence is frequently the most discussed and easily understood form of sexual violence. Rape, assault, or groping are readily identified as sexual violence.

People of all genders and identities experience sexual violence, and people of all genders and identities can cause sexual harm.  People who commit violence frequently use their power and privilege to do harm. For example, a professor might use their position as the person responsible for your grade to coerce you. A manager may harass their employee etc. #orangetheworld #eliminateviolence against women and girls. #SpeakOut 

You can call TARMAR SARC ENUGU on 08060084441 or 07032567458           Or FCT  Sexual  and Gender   Based violence Response Team Emergency  line on  08078111126 

to report any sexual violence. @SIRP Nigeria is so committed to ending gender based violence in Nigeria.

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Anita Shrestha
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Hello Dear Evelyn,

How are you doing today. Thanks for sharing your very informative post on sexual violence and rape. Are these phone number for all of Nigeria? What do they do when they get a call, i.e., what services do they offer?

Hope you're doing well, and that you have a good weekend, dear!

Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you for sharing. This is very informative.

Hannah B
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Hello Evelyn,
Thank you for sharing this important information!
I appreciate that you explain many types of sexual violence, and also that you have provided contact information for women in Nigeria to receive help.
Great work!
Warm regards,

Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Thanks Chioma for the enlightenment and information, thank you for speaking. Together we create an abuse free society. Thanks for shearing.

Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Dear Evelyn,
I can't agree less. Sexual violence is the most violence in GBV. Even married couples rape each other every day. Yeah sex without consent is rape ha.
Thanks for sharing. I stand with her.
Warm regards

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, Evelyn,

This is truly great information to share with our World Pulse sisters. Thank you for raising your voice and for participating in the call for stories! Please keep going!

Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Waooh Evelyn such a wonderful piece you shared here. thank you for bringing to speed with all forms of violence against women and children. thank you also for sharing the hotlines for gender based violence. i really appreciate the work you are doing. keep it up for collectively we shall achieve more.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello Chioma. Thanks fir sharing this story on sexual violence. I never knew about visual and verbal sexual violence. Thanks for explaining. Stay blessed.

Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you for sharing and the lesson provided..perpetrators need to know that NO means NO and to learn to respect women. Thank you for the information.