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Increased Cases of Rape Due to Improper Dressing – Leader of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria



?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The President of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria (CWO), Ngozi Chukwuji, on Wednesday identified improper dressing among women as the reason for the increase in cases of rape.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that clothes that expose sensitive areas of the female body provoke sexual urge.

Chukwuji urged mothers to monitor their young girls’ mode of dressing, even while going to school, as this would discourage sexual provocation.

“What we are facing in our society is really amazing, even some of us that are married, the way we dress does not portray us as good mothers or good parents.

“So, we’ve been talking to our women, if you have a tailor that sews, you should be able to cover your body very well.

“Decency matters, while a lot of rapists are outside, its the way we dress, that attracts these people to us, our manners, our dressing portrays our manners, our dressing brings out the way we are.

“In the actual fact, our mode of dressing will show who we really are from our homes, our children should be able to imitate we the mothers.

“Because you cannot correct a child when you are not dressing well, it doesn’t make sense.

“If you have a daughter that is not dressing well and you as a mother you are not showing good example, its because you are not doing the right thing.”

Chukwuji said that the right thing should come from the mothers as most of the time dressing tells the public so much of individuals.

“Most cases in the church, you see us asking somebody,’what are you putting on?’

“Can’t you dress well even if we are going for a party, that decency matters a lot.

“We should not expose our body, it’s a sacred place.

Photo Credit: Hongqi Zhang (aka Michael Zhang)/Dreamstime

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Ojie

    January 15, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Is there evidence to back this up?

    • D Main Man

      January 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Friend thats obviously a contributing factor.

    • APK

      January 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      There has been a lot of study in this area and based on the research i just did, it seems to be divided. Some outcomes shows that a person dresses the way the want to be addressed while the other feels that dressing doesn’t affect rape as people from days old to 90’s have been rape irrespective of what the put on

      An Examination of Date Rape, Victim Dress, and Perceiver Variables Within the Context of Attribution Theory

      Workman JE, Freeburg EW., Sex Roles, Volume 41, Numbers 3-4, 261-277 (1995)

      This study found in part that the way a woman choose to dress is sometimes taken as a statement about her character including vulnerability, desire and/or willingness to have sex and provocation of males which consequently affects the likelihood of rape, including date rape.

      Utah State University Sexual Assault and Anti Violence Information

      Myth: Rape victims provoke the attach by wearing provocative clothing

      – A Federal Commission on Crime of Violence Study found that only
      4.4% of all reported rapes involved provocative behavior on the part
      of the victim. In murder cases 22% involved such behavior (as simple
      as a glance).

      – Most convicted rapists do not remember what their victims were wearing.

      – Victims range in age from days old to those in their nineties,
      hardly provocative dressers.

      Utah State University

    • APK

      January 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      There hasn’t*
      some outcome*

    • D Main Man

      January 16, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Exactly the healthy factual remarks i was expecting…Mind you i didn’t say Nudity is a reason to rape…NO NO NO i don’t agree its 100% the reason for one to do that…. In my exact words what i said its a contributing factor..Whether its 15% motivated, 8% motivated or even as low as 1.5% motivated. its a contributing factor. That my pesudo NAME is all over this comments section is what i don’t understand.

  2. Haley

    January 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

    How about she tells the rapists to stop raping innocent girls??????

  3. yeyedeysmell

    January 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    so minors that are constantly raped by “idiots”are exposing their bodies abi? pls get a phensic for your headache!

    • D Main Man

      January 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

      They are the people that expose their bodies well nah…take for example.. a girl of eight or nine years passing his elderly neighbour then goes further into a side bush pulls down her trouser or takes up her mini facing the bush but her bottom behind facing the 35year old or 67year old. Now the 9yr old thinking that he’s an old man, or an elderly neighbor but not knowing that the man d++k have been provoke and these way of urinating happening like every-other day….it might not be long the man supposed to take her as a daughter swings and do the unthinkable…its just crazy but these are contributing factors…at 9yrs /10yrs they are not to conscious of the body, the don’t know why is necessary to wear a bra to cover their breast and so on.or even change clothes in front of her elders.

    • Anon

      January 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Moot point.

    • Iris

      January 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      You’re joking right? I thought your first comment was possibly sarcasm, but now that I have (struggled to) read this I am starting to think that you wrote this believing it from the bottom of your heart. Alas you appear to belong to that ever growing population called ‘By their grammar you shall know them.’
      Moving on, I cannot even waste anger on this rubbish or wonder how a woman who reasons like this can be the leader of anything beyond two dry sticks. Is this the same organization that wanted to pretty much cannonize Aunty Patience with Rose of Sharon and all that?

    • Reverse

      January 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      What on earth are you yacking?

    • D Main Man

      January 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      @Iris …you have always been on my D==k ever since on the BN, i don’t know why, saying that nudity doesn’t contribute to rape? i was expecting you to counter my views with valid points, And now you are throwing shades on the organization not even the woman leader… am not saying that nudity is a reason to rape but its a contributing factor…i am writing swahili?


      January 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      You people should please read this comment oh! wonders will never cease.. some one is justifying pedophilia. My dear you need psychiatry evaluation (just cos i dont want to call you a lunatic). The world is truly coming to an end…..9 to 10 years old??? is exposing body….Anyway this is a lesson for parents..people are leering at your innocent kids,,,please cover them up, dont allow them defecate in public..People have found a way to justify pedophilia…Take note oooooo…
      Town Crier


      January 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      My daughter is 9 and when she is exposed all I see is a child! are you serious right now????? Why are you trying to justify a sickness of the mind by saying the CHILDREN are partially to be blamed? Kai!

    • D Main Man

      January 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      .it might not be long the man supposed to take her as a daughter swings and do the unthinkable…its just crazy but these are contributing factors…these were my exact comments earlier.when i made my first option known

      ..i am not saying there is any justification for rape…i haven’t done that before, i haven’t thought of it and will never do it…but i still believe that nudity is a contributing factor. period.

    • Anon

      January 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      D main man; nudity in a child is a contributory factor? Again, moot point. Your thought process is sick. Paedophiles should be euthanised.

    • Spanish Guitar

      January 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

      @D Main Man, I see boys, men of all ages urinating by the roadside, on my street. Yesterday, I even saw the full apparatus of a young man whilst he was in the act. Firstly, he didn’t care so much to cover it up, secondly, I was so disgusted, I turned away.
      Note: I did not feel the least bit attracted neither did it ever occur to me to rape him even though he intentionally let me see his member.
      Your point is obviously moot and unfounded. A rapist needs no reason to rape someone.

  4. No no no no!

    January 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

    A man that has no desired to rape a woman won’t do so even if a fully naked woman is presented to him b/c it is not in his nature/character. On the other hand, a RAPIST will find any excuse to rape. I’m sorry but don’t ever blame a rape victim for their rape blame the animal that committed the rape…Blame the RAPIST.

  5. Nuna

    January 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Nonsense! What of all the fully covered house helps and women in hijabs that are constantly raped? I believe more women are speaking up now, that’s why it looks like rape is on the increase. Nothing has changed. All them ‘uncles’ raping little children nko? Please let’s stop blaming women all the ti,e!

  6. Bleed Blue

    January 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Goodness me!
    It’s all about advice to the women and to mothers to teach daughters. It’s so exhausting how 3rd world countries are stuck with this mental model.

    While I appreciate there are some outfits that are just over-the-top in the attempt to be “sexy”, I don’t understand why men don’t get lectures as well. You simply cannot force yourself on a woman. It’s not okay, never was, never will be!

    And to this Catholic Leader, please note that there are several cases of 3yr old, 5 yr old, 11 yr old girls that get raped. Indecent dressing provoked the men abi?

    Abeg a sick man is a sick man is a sick man.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Nwa nne m, I spent Christmas & New Year in Nigeria and was asked by an aunt to come along to her fellowship on the 1st Sunday of the year. During said fellowship, there was a section where older women came out share their counsel for the coming year and the subject of rape was raised. However, all that was raised was a tirade against young women and how they dressed. Not even the whisper of a word was addressed to the young men in the congregation about how they should refrain from participating in the demoralization and degradation of women. Note that this fellowship was not a women’s fellowship but one attended by all ages of males or females.

      I was generally amazed at the one-sided nature of their “advice”. To my mind, what happened there was akin to coming out to say tell all the working members of the congregation, “By the way, if you continue buying nice things for yourselves like new cars, building good houses and treating yourselves to the finer things of life, you better not complain when armed robbers come and visit you because you’ve clearly been asking for it”. I can understand the concern of our mothers when it comes to the overt sexualization of women in today’s society but how can they continue to deny the real culprit of that crime? As far as I was concerned, any secret rapist (and we know that, sadly, a lot of shady folk exist and function very publicly in churches) who sat there on that evening simply walked away feeling justified about his grossly immoral behaviour and probably soothed himself with the assurance given by the women that day about females being independently responsible for the act of rape.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      *males & females*

  7. Max

    January 15, 2015 at 10:40 am

    There is nothing bad in dressing decently,even if i may not agree completely that dressing indecently causes rape,it leads to acts of fornication and that’s a sin against God.

    • ms.b

      January 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Ooohhhh Plssssss! Dressing indecently leads to act of fornication??? Ohh my, and sum days back b4 colonisation African women wore short mini wrappers and half tops wt beautiful beads to make dia small waist n wide hips look beautiful. Was rape so rampant then?? Rapist are sick people, stop blaming a NAKED girl for been raped by a SICK man.

  8. Rynyx

    January 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Clearly trapped in another century. how about the men who rape 3year olds? were the exposing their chests? ( cos I don’t know which three year old has breasts or hips). One sided advice is what drives me crazy. how about fathers teaching their sons that you can never force yourself on a woman or hit her. madam, thank you for the advice. we haff year.

  9. A Nigerian Lady

    January 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Firstly, she has not given any poll or statistical evidence to prove this, even at that, women are not the ones to be advised. Rather, mothers teach your sons, teach them! Even if i walk around the streets stark naked, I AM NOT ASKING FOR IT! Women should not have to change anything about themselves in order to feel safe. Why should they change because it suits the rapists lack of self control?? Please madam, don’t talk as though fully clothed women do not get raped as much, don’t talk as though young children do not get raped, don’t talk as though old women of even 80 years old do not get raped while in the comfort of their homes. Dont! Inform yourself on rape cases. A rape victim’s body exposure should never be a reason.
    Again, Even if she’s stark naked, she is not asking for it, that she ends up on the same bed as you is no consent for you to have sex with her. You are not a wild animal that can help your ravenous instincts, you have a brain and should be capable of rational thinking and understanding! I’m cooking food does not mean you are automatically entitled to eat it.
    Teach the boys around you, teach them, let them know the meaning of consensual sex and ladies, your brothers as well, educate them on statutory rape. Make sure you have consent, even if you’ve had it before, the answer can still change. Teach them that they are NOT ENTITLED TO SOMEONE ELSES BODY BECAUSE THEY ARE EXPOSED!
    I am fully aware that men get raped too, thus this applies vice-versa..

  10. Ivy

    January 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I am a Catholic and i am very embarrassed by this woman’s statement. Funny tho’, she reminds me of all them holier-than-thou people that will roll their eyes when they see me walk by in church cuz according to them…i’m wearing a short dress (& i am a very conservative chic o!) in church, then i will respond with my dad bought it for me and if he is not complaining why should you? AND oh! not my fault i have long legs.

  11. CallMe Nneka

    January 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

    If you like wear hijab, cover yourself up to your neck, if a rapist is in rape mode he will rape! it is not about covering up alone!

  12. raphael

    January 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Doesn’t justify it still. Rape is rape. But if it’s going to reduce it for any reason then the ladies might want to dress more decently. At least until these freaks that commit rape are dealt with.

  13. ru

    January 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

    NONSENSE !!!!
    morality is subjective, and why I believe that you should not dress without respect for your body, YOU DO NOT BLAME WOMEN FOR GETTING RAPED!
    women get raped because men rape them ! not because of how they dress!
    don’t teach your daughters how to avoid rape without teaching your sons how to NOT rape
    seriously, if you have a problem with the way women dress, tackle that differently, don’t bring rape into this.
    PLEASE !

  14. Ada Nnewi

    January 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is my problem with close minded women…They keep spreading their ignorance that encourages the oppressive and hostile environment Nigerian women face daily….

  15. African Salon Dubai

    January 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Somebody needs to go back to their cave!

  16. JohnMatilda

    January 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    She mentioned dressing eight times in that short interview, madam please next time u are being granted an interview construct ur use of words properly and approach issues with a little bit of sensitivity. U are welcome

  17. jessy

    January 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    The issue of indecent dressing should never be discussed side by side with rape. We must strive to condemn rape in it’s entirety without more. Do not give an excuse for it no matter how minute. A rapist rapes regardless.

  18. IfeLove

    January 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    In as much as I don’t and can’t wear some kinds of clothings outside, I don’t begrudge those who do; To each his own. But to say it’s these modes of dressing that make men rape is a BIG FAT LIE… What in the world will it cost a man to have some measure of self control? A man’s warped sense of entitlement and lack of control is the cause or would he rape his mum simply he saw her in a bikini, shorts, wrapper depending on the background or the likes…. The control he exerts over his organ at those times should also be brought to play here. Non-consensual sex has always been and is still a violation of an individual’s privacy irrespective of the circumstances surrounding such incidents.

    • IfeLove

      January 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      simply *because*

  19. Anon

    January 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Some people don’t know the meaning of paedophilia. When speaking about minors it is very important to use the word paedophile.

  20. Laura

    January 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I’m catholic, and i think this is very wrong to say, and a short sighted definition of why women are raped. There could be other reasons, this woman just made an embarrassing statement, and should know that the way the CWO defines indecent dressing is just awkward.

  21. MBA

    January 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Really? i guess toddlers and teenagers also dress improperly, 85 year old grandmothers were also probably strutting in bum shorts and tanks before they got raped. Seriously Ma, this is one of the major problems we have in Nigeria! How about educating the men NOT to rape?!! Abi does anyone rape men when they wear their skinny jeans, chest baring outfits and also post pictures of ‘eggplants’ on IG?!!!

  22. Nuna

    January 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I’m Catholic o, but this CWO women ehh, smh!!

  23. Libgirl

    January 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This is exactly why people don’t take Africans seriously and thank we’re all stupid.

  24. Fume

    January 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    @ Mz Socially Awkward thanks for that comment about owning nice things and expecting to be robbed because that’s the exact rubbish some people preach. no one blames or tells the robber its criminal to take whats not yours @D Main Man i fear for you, i just hope you’re not one of those men who do things to women and justify it with she asked for it.

  25. olu

    January 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Funny thing is you guys blame men….have you stopped to think they were raised by women like this woman? Maybe we should train mothers and father’s on how to raise decent men and respectable ladies. The Nigerian system bred all you see around now…and it’s obviously still breeding such

  26. Personally

    January 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Y’all should stop spewing nonsense jor

    She is right on all levels.

    1. Didn’t you do biology or didn’t your lecturer teach you well? They will tell you a male’s biological and physiological built is different from that of a female. What arouses a male is different from a female. A male is definitely affected by the way a lady dresses.

    2. Most of you all wear nonsense and skimpy things that is why any discuss on indecent dressing doesn’t always go well with you. In the olden days where women are well covered, what is the rape statistics? Even in contemporary times, compare rape statistics in Northern Nigeria to rape in Southern/Western Nigeria.

    Yall be arguing blindly.

    There are definitely many other factors like availability of internet activities which makes people access pornography easily and want to act it out, depression, lack of morality, faulty background, among other factors

    Indecent dressing is a major factor, among others!

    • Sash

      January 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Best believe I will shoot you if i ever catch you raping someone. Nonsense. Parents, when you are training your girls, pls do not forget your boys, in fact, go harder on them because this world deserves the blessing of honorable men.

    • Blessmyheart

      January 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      And did your Biology teacher tell you that men are animals without reasoning? And why do people think it is only men that get aroused? Yes, men are more moved by sight than women but they do not in any way lose their brains.
      It breaks my heart to see anyone dressed indecently but that doesn’t provide a justification for animal behaviour.

    • John Bull

      January 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      If a man switches into beats mode and pounces on a woman at the slight of any display of her skin that man is sick. If a man has no intention to rape,even if you lock him In room with a naked hot woman he wouldn’t rape her . So if you see your sister or mother in a skimpy dress you will be automatically aroused? My friend stop justifying your perversion and lack of self control. your comment is an insult to men, men are not wild beasts that go nuts and lose control at the sight of breast or some skin. Go and seek help to get rid of your twisted justification for rape

    • Ify

      January 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

      God bless you immensely for this comment, the cwo woman didn’t say indecent dressing is the cause of rape rather it contributes. because you wear rags you all left the issue of indecent dressing that is on the increase and decided to face the cwo leader. we have children or will still have, do you think about their future at all.. A grown up woman comes out almost naked in public even in church and its ok.

    • ides

      January 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      . I suppose your mum didn’t wear short gowns or did she forget to show you pictures. Ill assume for your sake she didn’t get raped. Even the holiest woman who started this ridiculous conclusion cannot claim that she didnt dress that way. Dress decently by all means but when has that ever been a precursor for being an animal.

  27. sika

    January 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Herein lies the problem our society is faced with. Women, women leaders, mothers etc preaching a gospel that prevents men from taking responsibility for their actions. This is how they raise boys..who become men..and this mentality they have clearly started with a man who obviously controls society. Look, Teach your sons and husbands discipline. Make them understand that they are responsible for their actions. Are they animals that have no control over their senses? The way a woman dresses is not excuse for RAPE. Only sick people RAPE and so they should be locked up!! I remember one female law maker years ago who wanted to ban women dressing a particular way..clearly her domestic issues became national policy. I expect women leaders to stand up for women rather than preaching chauvinistic ideas.

  28. Tunmi

    January 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    This woman has an audience. How do we reach that audience to correct what she has said?

  29. Iya Eko

    January 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Being that it is the form of dressing that attracts a rapist, lemme see … the the next time I’m at a garage and I see that fine agbero I’ve been looking at from the side of my eye, with his shirtless self, muskles glistening in the sun, I should just jump him because I feel the urge? Or perhaps I control myself and I finally reach office and that young account guy that wears his shirts and pants tight enough that everyday is #eggplantfriday brings documents I’ve been waiting for… this one na my meat today! All these guys just tempting me left and right no matter who they are. Yes, I will act out on my urges and I’ll just go ahead and rape one of them at some point jor. Next time they should learn to dress properly.

    Madam Nogozi, I hope you have warned your sons to not wear any clothing that is provocative or ever step outside in short sleeve shirt talkless of no shirt. Mchewwwwwwwww.

    Tell your sons and the men in your lives to gain some self control and keep it in thier pants.

  30. Incomplete Gist

    January 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    For the sake of clarity’s sake, BN kindly mention the Parish where she is President, because the last time I checked, the NCCWO does not have a President by that name.

  31. Blessmyheart

    January 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    And did your Biology teacher tell you that men are animals without reasoning? And why do people think it is only men that get aroused? Yes, men are more moved by sight than women but they do not in any way lose their brains.
    It breaks my heart to see anyone dressed indecently but that doesn’t provide a justification for animal behaviour.

  32. Mbeke feeling funky

    January 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Please Aunty Ngo if anything it’s comments like yours that encourage rapists. As a Catholic woman, I would just like to confirm that your victim shaming comments do not reflect my views at all. Next time you want to talk utter nonsense please do not do it under the guise of the CWO.

  33. the scorpio

    January 16, 2015 at 12:46 am

    When u say women should dress”decently”to avoid,you are simply saying is perfectly fine to rape the other girl that is not covered.I lived in europe where women dress overly sexy during summer and rape cases were always few.rape is a psychological problem that has to do with the individual self control.a victim should never be blamed for rape crime,no woman deserves to be raped.

  34. Shannie

    January 16, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Women are still painted as the cause of their own rape or abuse. All of what this woman is saying is nonsense. Research shows that most women are raped by people they know. They are not raped by strangers….it’s either a relative, a friend, an ex-boyfriend or a person you know in some capacity.

    Women are not raped because of what we are wearing. We are raped because rapists want control and power over us. When will all societies realize that they need to lecture men about their behavior and understand that a woman is not an object. We are people in control of our bodies and we should be respected, regardless of what we are wearing. A victim cannot be a perpetrator.

    Stop with this slut shaming, indecency, control yourself mentality that has continued to perpetuate the stereotypes surrounding rape. I am disappointed that this woman does not understand that the words she is speaking is detrimental to every woman because it allows men to justify that if a woman is dressed inappropriately, that it why she was raped and deserved to be raped. This is the message she is sending. Please educate with the right words and teach our young men respect and self-control.

  35. JAY

    January 16, 2015 at 10:11 am


  36. Bamas

    January 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I wonder what you’ll say when you read stories like this –

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