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International Journal of Literacy and Education

2022, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A

Roles of guidance and counseling in combating social-emotional stigma among victims of sexual assault in Nigeria


Author(s): Umar Jirah Fwafu and Aminu Sani

Abstract: The objective of this study is to determine the roles of guidance and counseling in combating social-emotional stigma among victims of sexual assault in Nigeria. The study focused on twenty five (25) public senior secondary schools with female students in Jalingo metropolis, Taraba State. A self-structured questionnaire were administered to students who are victims of sexual assault within the schools and the data collected from the results were analysed using descriptive statistics of frequency and percentage. The finding of this study reveals that majority (89%) of students who were assaulted sexually are also stigmatized by their perpetrators, friends and colleagues. Furthermore, this study reveals that the stigmatization greatly affects the victims’ social relations, interaction and/or academic achievement as there are no effective measures within the schools’ system to combat the social-emotional stigma against them. This study concludes that a number of female students in public senior secondary schools in Nigeria have been sexually assaulted at one point or the other which often results in social and emotional stigmatization within the school. It is therefore recommended that the professional counselors and the school administrators should collaborate in providing workable measures in combating the likely social-emotional stigma that may be meted on the victims through emotional support, reintegration, reconciliation and re-socialization processes.

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Umar Jirah Fwafu, Aminu Sani. Roles of guidance and counseling in combating social-emotional stigma among victims of sexual assault in Nigeria. Int J Literacy Educ 2022;2(2):22-27.
International Journal of Literacy and Education