This weekly update spotlights sexual violence in the Niger Delta with a focus on child sexual abuse in Rivers State. According to data (see map below), over 160 incidents of sexual violence, including more than 80 incidents of child sexual abuse, were reported in Rivers State between January 2016 and July 2020. Recent data shows the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the State, especially defilement and incestuous child abuse. In February 2020, for instance, a 4-year old boy was reportedly sexually abused by a 24-year old female nanny in Port Harcourt, the state capital. In May, a 10-year old girl was reportedly raped by a male neighbor in Diobu community, Port Harcourt LGA. In August, a 13-year old girl was reportedly raped by a 30-year old commercial motorcyclist in Barayira community, Tai LGA. Recently, on September 10, 2020, three girls aged 10, 7 and 5 years, were reported to have been serially defiled by their 38-year old father in Elekahia community, Port Harcourt LGA. According to the mother of the victims, the man has been sexually abusing one of their girls since 2012, when she was only 2 years old.
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