Child abuse

    • Brief

    • A child is sexually abused when he or she is forced or convinced to take part in sexual acts, with or without physical contact. This can also happen online. For example: touching, kissing, sexual intercourse, forcing the child to watch pornography, using vulgar language, showing the genitals or distributing photos or films of the naked child.

      Sometimes the child does not know or understand that he or she is being abused.

      The person abusing the child can be an adult or a person under 18 years of age.

      Child sexual abuse in Nigeria is an offense under several sections of chapter 21 of the country’s criminal code. The age of consent is 18.

      Under the Nigerian Criminal Justice System perpetrators of physical violence against children are subject to the punishment of imprisonment or a fine or both.

    • Seeking help

    • If you have been a victim of child abuse or you know anyone experiencing child abuse it is important you seek help as soon as you can.

      Child abuse helplines in Nigeria:

      • Federal Government of Nigeria toll free number for violation of girls and women: 080072732255
      • Mandatory Reporting of child abuse/sexual assault of a minor: 112 or 08137960048
      • Child abuse help lines: 08085753932 and 08102678442
      • CeceYara Foundation ; 24 hour toll free child helpline: 08008008001 and 07007007001
      • Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP): 08125346052
      • Community Women’s Rights Foundation: 08033009523
      • The Nigeria Police (Lagos): 07032165181