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The Role of Cultural Beliefs, Norms, and Practices in Nigerian Women's Experiences of Sexual Abuse and Violence.

Authors
  • Ajayi, Chinyere Elsie1
  • Chantler, Khatidja2
  • Radford, Lorraine1
  • 1 University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
  • 2 Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
2
Pages
465–486
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211000134
PMID: 33818214
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study aims to explore if and how cultural beliefs, norms, and practices might contribute to Nigerian women's experiences of sexual abuse and violence. In-depth narrative interviews were conducted with 12 women of Nigerian origin living in the Northwest of England who had experienced sexual abuse and violence. Women's accounts were analyzed thematically, and drawing upon a feminist-intersectional conceptual framework, analysis reveals that male privilege defined by gendered role and expectation, religious beliefs, rape myths, and bride-price with the associated practice of libation may have contributed to women's experiences of sexual abuse and violence.

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