Omolabake Fashogbon

A recent wellness survey carried out by JAMA,a data gathering platform, has revealed that men are more likely to face sexual assault than women in Nigeria.

The survey which captured almost 1000 samples of matured male and female between the age bracket of 16 – 70 across 32 states in Nigeria.

According to the result, 59 per cent of males have had parts of their bodies touched without permission or received inappropriate sexual messages or images electronically, versus 51 per cent of women.

It stated further that the likelihood of sexual assault taking place in private residences and public premises (e.g. offices, schools etc) is 19 per cent higher than at nightclubs and other social venues, where it is generally perceived to be more prevalent.

The research also discovered that 20 per cent of males have faced sexual assault from other males in comparison to five per cent of females who faced sexual assault from other women.

However, the likelihood of being sexually assaulted is nine per cent higher for females living on the island than on the mainland, but for males, the likelihood of being sexually assaulted is nine per cent higher on the mainland as compared to the island .

Speaking at the official launch of the JAMA mobile platform, where the survey result was announced in Lagos, Project Lead, JAMA wellness survey and Business Manager, GETJAMA, Ugochukwu Nwosu, pointed out that the wellness survey focused on sexual health and leveraged the power of JAMA mobile platform to engage Nigerians both male and female on a very difficult and often polarising topic with the results delivered being enlightening, powerful and provided interesting actionable insights.