The prevalence, reporting and preventing sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in Nigeria
Sexual harassment is a global issue that has permeated the fabrics of tertiary educational institutions and many workplaces with both women and men as targets although evidence has shown that sexual harassment is primarily aimed at women. This article examines the prevalence of sexual harassment especially of female students in higher institutions in Nigeria and the various reports on the subject, including the measures for preventing such menace. Preliminary investigation shows that despite the indication that sexual harassment policies exist in some of the tertiary institutions, the aggregate of sexual harassment in those institutions is of high magnitude. Investigation also revealed that there is no federal legislation dedicated to combating this phenomenon in Nigeria and this is considered to be a major setback to the campaigns against the menace. The article concludes that the current measures at combating and preventing sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in Nigeria have not been successful. It proposes that having a comprehensive national anti-sexual harassment legal/policy framework that is adequately implemented and enforced; mainstreaming sexual harassment into academic curriculum, and increasing access to restorative care of victims can ameliorate and prevent sexual harassment in the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.