What is sexual abuse?

From existing RIAC website: Sexual abuse occurs when a person or group of persons forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Sexual abuse could be manifested in forms such as: rape, sexual assault, harassment and/or exploitation.

What constitutes consent?

Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says “yes” to sexual activity with other persons. Consent should not be assumed, it is always freely given and all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say “yes” or “no” or stop the sexual activity at any point. It is voluntary and can be revoked. A person under the age of 14, cannot give consent for any sexual activity.

What is the Rape is a Crime campaign?

This campaign aims to raise awareness that sexual abuse is a crime, a crime that can be reported through the anonymous reporting tool that you can find through our report function. We are aiming on building a movement emphasising the idea that if more people mobilise and begin to report these crimes, it will be possible to challenge the issue of sexual abuse in Nigeria.

What do you do if you have been sexually abused?

It is important to understand that what has happened to you is a crime and it is not your fault. In terms of support services, you have several options: including legal, medical, counselling/therapy, support group and other healing options. To find the support services near your location, please click here (this is entirely anonymous).

In order to prevent further crimes of sexual abuse from occurring, we need to start taking action against the perpetrator. This can be done through reporting to your local authorities. You can also report this crime ANONYMOUSLY through the “REPORT” button on our homepage. This produces a totally anonymous geolocalized report, that can potentially be used as verifiable evidence should the victim wish it to be pursued.

What can be reported as a crime?

All acts of sexual abuse and non-consensual sexual contact are against the law and are eligible to be reported as criminal acts. This can be done through your local authorities or you can ANONYMOUSLY report through the “REPORT” button on our homepage. This produces a totally anonymous geolocalised report, that can potentially be used as verifiable evidence should the victim wish it to be pursued.

I was sexually abused, but I do not want to talk to the Police. Do I have to report it?

It is completely up to you whether you wish to report a sexual crime or not. However, we understand the trauma that one suffers following such an event. Through reporting with rapeisacrime.org, you will face no immediate consequences, interrogation or follow up. Instead, you can join a movement that aims to, in the long-term, change the landscape of sexual abuse in Nigeria. {In addition, if you would like follow-up, it is possible through one of our agents, and through our reporting section. We are increasingly able to use the reports as verifiable evidence should you wish to pursue further.}

Who can report a crime?

Through our reporting function, the victim, witness or an advocate to the victim is able to report. We understand that in times of trauma, the victim may not feel able to report this crime themselves, hence as a friend or advocate, please feel free to report on their behalf.

What happens once I send my report?

Your report is sent to Global Rights Nigeria anonymously and no further action is required on your part. The focus is on joining the movement and speaking up about sexual abuse. In the incident that you do wish to follow-up, we are here to guide you through the process.

Can I get help on Rape is a Crime?

Rape is a Crime assists men, women and children of all ages to access the care and support they require in the event of sexual abuse. This is done by directing you to a service provider closest to you. We also operate a 24-hour hotline and online help-desk to answer any of your questions and concerns.