Sexual Harassment Myths and Victims’ Blame Game among the Students of Institutions of Higher Learning

Implication to Gender-based sexual Violence and Community/Sustainable Development in Southeast Nigeria

Authors

  • Samuel Okafor University of Nigeria
  • Nwakaego Ekwealor University of Nigeria
  • Ogechi Nkemjika University of Nigeria
  • Ukamaka Anekeje University of Nigeria
  • Ikem Ogechi University of Nigeria
  • Adaobi Egbe University of Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5013

Keywords:

Sexual harassment myths, Gender inequality, Gender-based sexual violence, Community development, Sustainable development

Abstract

The study investigated the issue of sexual harassment myths among the students of higher institutions of learning in Southeast Nigeria region, focusing on the male and female undergraduates from these institutions as the study population. While the study was guided by Structuration Theory, survey design with questionnaire instrument was applied to manage the study and data collection procedure. Appropriate classification and statistics were applied to check the relationship of the substantive variables to the study. From the findings, there is a prevalence of acceptance of sexual harassment myths (72.3%/55.6%) among the students; gender explained 4.9%/10.4% variance of sexual harassment myths1&2, sexual harassment myths1&2 explained about 0.98%/0.22% variance of ability to report sexual harassment experience among the students. The study concludes that sexual harassment myths acceptance has been embedded in the consciousness of the youths through the overarching patriarchal structures in the system with gender-based violence and sustainable development implications.

Author Biographies

Samuel Okafor, University of Nigeria

Samuel Okafor [PhD in view] is in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Scholar with multi methodological research skills in the areas of social sciences and humanities. His research interests span across Environmental Studies, Policy studies, Politics and development, Colonial and post-colonial studies, Indigenous people, Population studies, Public health and Gender Studies. Email: samuelokey200@gmail.com

Nwakaego Ekwealor, University of Nigeria

Nwakaego Ekwealor (PhD) [*Corresponding author] is in the Department of Adult Education & Extra-Mural Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is an Educationalist with specialization in Adult Education, Education and community development, Gender and community development, Technology and continuous education and Distance learning and continuous education. Email: nwakaego.ekwalor@unn.edu.ng

Ogechi Nkemjika, University of Nigeria

Ogechi Nkemjika is in the Department of Adult Education and Extra Mural Studies University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is Educationalist specializing in Adult education administration, Adult education and development, Gender and adult education and gender and continuous education and technology and distance education. Email: ogechi.nkejika@unn.edu.ng

Ukamaka Anekeje, University of Nigeria

Ukamaka Anekeje (Ph.D) is in the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interest includes Gender and Development, Policy and development, Public health and development as Environment and development. Email: ukamaka.anekje@unn.edu.ng

Ikem Ogechi, University of Nigeria

Ikem,Ogechi [PhD in view] is in the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Her research interests include Socio-economic history with focus on women, Gender and History, as well as Society and gender equality. Email: ogechi.ike@unn.edu.ng

Adaobi Egbe, University of Nigeria

Adaobi Egbe [PhD in view] is in the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Her research interests include socio-political history with focus on women. Email: chisom.okafo@unn.edu.ng

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Okafor, S., Ekwealor, N., Nkemjika, O., Anekeje, U., Ogechi, I., & Egbe, A. (2023). Sexual Harassment Myths and Victims’ Blame Game among the Students of Institutions of Higher Learning: Implication to Gender-based sexual Violence and Community/Sustainable Development in Southeast Nigeria . Journal of International Students, 14(1), 189–209. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5013

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