Section 224 of the Criminal Code Act Laws of the Federation 2004 states that: any person who –
1) By threats or intimidation of any kind procures a woman or girl to have unlawful carnal connection with a man, either in Nigeria or elsewhere; or
2) By any false pretence procures a woman or girl to have unlawful carnal connection with a man either in Nigeria or elsewhere; or
3) Administer to a woman or girl, or causes a woman or girl to take, any drug or other thing with intent to stupefy or overpower her to enable any man, whether a particular man or not, to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her;
Is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is liable to imprisonment for two years.
To come together to create a society where sexual harassment is frowned upon, we must know these laws and keep them to heart. These laws have been kept in place to ensure every victim gets justice and the harasser is dealt with accordingly as they take responsibility for their crime.
However, although we have had these laws in place for the longest time, they haven’t been implemented as much as they should. We still have perpetrators moving around freely in Nigeria and many more people do not fear the law because they believe they can get away with it.
This is why You Should Be Heard is here, to help ensure that the law has its full effects on the society as it should. To promote this cause, we are encouraging more people to speak up and report cases of sexual abuse. This will improve the statistics on the number of cases that are reported to the police and we can take it up from there to ensure that these cases aren’t swept under the carpet.
Everyone needs to see sexual harassment as a crime that the harasser should be punished for. Our sensitisation programs aim to create more awareness about this and we hope that more people, including police officers and other lawmakers, understand how important this is to society.
So know these laws, intervene to help people who have been harassed and use the law to make sure that harassers are held responsible for their crimes.