Reducing the High Rate of Rape in Contemporary Nigerian Society: The Role of Religion

Authors

  • Kanayo L. Nwadialor, PhD
  • Chinedu E. Nnatuanya

Keywords:

Rape, Role of Religion, Contemporary Nigeria, Implementation of Law, Types of rape

Abstract

The study attempts to evaluate the role of religion in reducing the high rate of rape in present Nigerian society. Literature was reviewed and the opinions of several scholars appraised in relation to how best the high rate of rape in the society can be reduced. Data were collected through primary and secondary sources while functionalistic approach was used in interpretation. Findings reveal that the reason the menace has not been effectively curtailed over the years is not the absence of relevant laws to bring the culprits to book, but weakness in implementation. Also, the stigma that goes with being raped makes the victims timorous and discourages them from reporting their cases, thereby reducing the chances of the criminals being subjected to justice. The paper, therefore, suggests that religion can be instrumental in addressing the issue of rape. It recommends that religion should use all available means and channels at her disposal to teach, educate, and sensitize her members and various institutions in the society on the dangers and implications of rape in the society.  

Author Biographies

Kanayo L. Nwadialor, PhD

Department of Religion and Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Chinedu E. Nnatuanya

Department of Religion and Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Published

2020-11-12

How to Cite

Nwadialor, K. L., & Nnatuanya, C. E. (2020). Reducing the High Rate of Rape in Contemporary Nigerian Society: The Role of Religion. International Scholars Journal of Arts and Social Science Research, 3(4), 157–171. Retrieved from https://www.theinterscholar.org/journals/index.php/isjassr/article/view/kanayopaper

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