Friday, 11 December 2015

BY KEHINDE ADEGBITE, ESQ., LL.M., BL
 

INTRODUCTION

Rape is one of the oldest crimes in human history. Rape is a crime in all countries of the world but definition and punishment differ from place to place. It has also been noticed that rape cases are reported more in the Western world than many other parts of the globe. For example, in Africa and Asia, rape victims usually lack the courage to speak out or report their experiences to the law enforcement agencies due to negative societal attitude prevalent in such climes. Rape thrives in secrecy and in a culture where victims are even blamed for what happens to them, instead of the perpetrators.
However, in attending to this all-time important subject, I have decided to break it down, both in terms of the language and style of writing. The lecture is written in simple language, devoid of technical words and phrases as well as legal citations and where citations are given, they are minimal. My experience over the years has made me know that a topic of this nature will be better understood, if prepared and delivered in a question-and-answer manner. That is exactly what I am doing today. I have formulated 50 questions, covering all the crucial aspects of the subject of discussion and have also provided answers to them in accordance with the position of the Nigerian law, while references are made to foreign jurisdictions only when necessary.

1.     What is rape?



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