Thirty eight percent of Nigerian girls within the age range of 10 and 18 years do not report Gender Based Violence (GBV) due to intimidation from the perpetrator or other family members, a new report has revealed.
The report by Tabitha Cumi Foundation assessed violence against women and girls based on a study of 255 persons.
It included the collection of qualitative and quantitative data, using structured questionnaires standardised globally.
According to the report, rape is the commonest form of violence reported in the communities at 59 percent.
It said perpetrators were usually the family members of survivors such as the father, uncle or brother, adding that neighbours, strangers, and motorcycle riders within the communities were also involved.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Tayo Erinle, during the dissemination meeting of the report in Abuja on Wednesday, said the fight against GBV must be made a collective effort at the community level, in order to prevent girls from being continually violated.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the report, Janet Conqueror said the survey was conducted in 10 communities across Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).