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Survey: More Men Face Sexual Assault than Women



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Contrary to belief that women were more vulnerable to sexual assaults, a recent survey has revealed that more men were sexually assaulted than women.

The survey, conducted with GetJama, a newly-launched application, revealed that 59 per cent of males between the ages of 16 and 60 were victims of sexual assault.

The rate for women was 51 per cent, according to the survey conducted for the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT),

Ogochukwu Nwosu, GetJama Business Manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the survey was conducted amongst males and females between 16 and 60 years in 32 states of Nigeria.

“In the survey of almost 1,000 people, the Jama Wellness Survey found that 59 per cent of males have had parts of their bodies touched without permission or received inappropriate sexual messages or images electronically.

This is against 51 per cent of women.

The survey also found that the likelihood of sexual assault taking place in private residences and public premises, including offices and schools, is 19 per cent higher than at nightclubs and other social venues.

In the survey, it was also found that the likelihood of being sexually assaulted is nine per cent higher for females living in Lagos Island than those on Lagos Mainland.

However, for males, the likelihood of being sexually assaulted is 9 per cent higher on the Lagos Mainland as compared to Lagos Island,” Ugochukwu said.

According to him, the survey also found that 5 per cent of females have faced sexual assault from other women as compared to 20 per cent of males who have faced sexual assault from other men.

This, he said, showed a higher potential of homosexuality amongst men than women.

Ugochukwu said that the new data will enable the government and other stakeholders to decide areas to channel their advocacy to check the rising incidences of sexual assault.

He also said that more advocacy programmes were directed at women and children, while men who suffered most of the assaults were often neglected.

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. Mannie

    April 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

    While I appreciate the findings from the study, I think the sample size is too small to make a cogent inference on who suffers from sexual assault more.

  2. Nv

    April 4, 2017 at 8:15 am

    @john, chief e.t.c must be having an orgasm at this news.

    On a more, serious news, it is true that sexual assault on men goes largely ignored by the society which is sad.

  3. Icrossmyheart

    April 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hmmmmmmm why is there always an attempt to derail the struggles and the attempts of the oppressed?

    If blacks talk, reverse racism.

    If women talk, men are more sexually abused, suffer more from domestic abuse, are more likely to do household chores, more likely to die from acid attack, etc.

    1000 people in your sample size is not enough to determine this conclusion. This is why scientific studies are always questionable. Where was it taken? North? South? West? East?

    Are men sexually abused? Yes. Are more men sexually abused than women? Not likely.

  4. Tony

    April 4, 2017 at 9:32 am

    While analysis and objectivity is key women need to drop the feminism and pity party card. The fact that it’s echoed everywhere that women are victims does not mean men are not. Both sees have different ways of expression. While women are prone to cry and curse in many cases men for the sake of being called a man box up emotions and take to their graves.

    Awareness against all forms of assault is necessary and ladies need to acknowledge that this report could turn out same if a broader sample is taken.

    • Zoe

      April 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      And who asked the men not to speak up? Women stand for themselves, men can create a ‘Menism’ movement if they so please. Refusing to be subdued and objectified isn’t a pity party card. It is the reason your daughter can be free to express herself and be who she wants to be. So let women be.
      Besides ,who else finds this part funny ‘Survey found that 59 per cent of males have had parts of their bodies touched without permission or received inappropriate sexual messages or images electronically’, this survey sha

  5. Purple

    April 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I want to be civil and say this is a good survey but am just going to go on and say THIS IS A BIG FAT LIE unless sexual assault means something different in their dictionary (BTW I did not even read the whole thing)


    April 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Because it’s pointing out the hidden truth of how men suffer sexual assault silently, some are now saying 1000 is not enough number. I wonder if you would say the same if the survey was in favor of women. Smh!

    I have said it and will continue to say it. Till we start fighting for the goodwill of humanity in general and not gender… This world will keep falling apart and the gender based fight you all are putting up will keep being a total waste of time.

  7. Idomagirl

    April 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    So they are being assaulted by other men.
    So men remain the culprits.
    They victimize women as well as fellow men.
    So are we now going to tell men how to dress to avoid sexual assault?
    Are we going to tell them not to visit a fellow men or leave their houses?

    • Icrossmyheart

      April 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you for this comment.

      Men, make sure your trousers are long enough snd your shirt does not show your chest.

    • tunmi

      April 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      You know….

      Seriously men, speak out. Speak out anonymously, but speak out.

      And don’t co-opt existing organizations.

    • Smh

      April 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Idoma girl THANNK YOU. IT IS STILL MEN ASSUALTING OTHER MEN!!!!! This is why we keep saying men are scum but people don’t understand. Its not about all the cheating and pepper the show women in marriage. They truly are the greatest threat to not only themselves but of course women and animal and even plants . Okay the plants part was over kill but you catch my drift. They are coming here to cry that oh you see men are assaulted more guess what, it is MEN doing most of the assaulting. Will they take a moment to step back and think about this? no

  8. Jide

    April 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I remember, when I was in the UK, during my college years in Manchester. I was working in a restaurant. While I was chopping stuffs and making sandwiches at the back, these white women, (my colleagues) will be grabbing and rubbing my bum. They will say they like the way it feels and laughing. I never made a big deal out of it, because I just saw it a banter. It makes me laugh when women act like men don’t get harassed as well

    • Anon

      April 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      No woman has ever said that. We talk about ourselfves and it makes you guys uncomfortable when it’s not all about you! Read the article, read statistics! Most of men’s abusers, are men! In some countries, about 85% of assailants are men, in others where women have less power it’s up to 100% of men’s abusers being men. If you want to write about men being abused, get over yourself and do it. You people should stop making feminism about you as if you don’t see what is going on

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