This weekly update spotlights violence against women and girls in the Niger Delta with a focus on sexual violence against children in Ondo State. According to data (see map below), more than 30 incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation were reported in Ondo State between January 2018 and June 2021. Recent data shows an increase in reported incidents of child sexual abuse in the State. In January 2021, for example, a 17-year old girl was reportedly raped and impregnated by her 36-year old father in Ore community, Odigbo LGA. In February, a 10-year old girl was reportedly raped to death by a 27-year old man at a village in Igbotako community, Okitipupa LGA. In May, a 9-year old girl was reportedly defiled by a 35-year old man in Uso community, Owo LGA. In August, a 13-year old girl was allegedly abducted and gang raped by two men in Ikare-Akoko community, Akoko North-East LGA. More recently, on August 16, 2021, a 4-year old girl was reportedly sexually abused by a 29-year old man in Akure town, Akure South LGA. The minor was allegedly molested by the suspect who was a neighbor to her parents.
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