AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSES OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT AMONG TERTIARY INSTITUTION STUDENTS IN NIGERIA

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AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSES OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT AMONG TERTIARY INSTITUTION STUDENTS IN NIGERIA ( EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)

CHAPTER ONE

  • INTRODUCTION

1.1              BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

Sexual harassment is the most common form of sexual victimisation and was also described as a form of social control by men to ‘keep women in their 1 places’. In spite the importance of this topic in the social context that we live in, it is interesting that for several years there was silence on the issue of sexual harassment occurring in institutions of higher 2 education throughout the world . In 1978 the project on Status and Education of Women of the association of American College referred to sexual harassment as a ‘hidden issue ‘to highlight the issue the silence that surrounded sexual harassment at both individual and 2 organizational levels. However, until recently, there are few researches carried out in the African region

One major challenge in the Nigerian university system is the question of sexual harassment. Though under-reported, the menace of sexual harassment assumed a critical dimension in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning (Imonkhe, Aluede&Edogho, 2012). Aluede (2000:2) conceived it as an “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature”. The author further described it as “a silent disease that is seriously eroding academic excellence in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”

Basically, sexual harassment encompasses behaviours that are not welcome by an individual (the recipient does not want it), unsolicited (the recipient did not ask for it), and repeated (the behaviour is not one isolated incident). Therefore, a behaviour that constitute sexual harassment in the presence of the following:

  • submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly a term or condition for an individual’s employment or participating in educational programmes; or
  • submission to, or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual; or
  • When such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work performance or student’s academic performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment (Imonkhe, Aluede and Idogho, 2012).

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