Gender-based violence following social media acquaintance in Nigeria

Olusesan A. Makinde, Clifford O. Odimegwu, Jibril O. Abdulmalik, Stella O. Babalola, Olufunmilayo I. Fawole

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In Nigeria, the growth in mobile phone use has provided the opportunity for increased access to the internet, and through this, the social media. The social media in turn offers tremendous communication benefits but also results in some undesirable consequences. One of such is the experience of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Internet searches using Google Search and Google Scholar in addition to information available to the authors from news media is reported in this study. Five cases were selected for reporting. All cases selected had first contact with their perpetrator(s) on Facebook. The perpetrators were usually men, older than the victims (24-34 years for perpetrators compared with 17-25 years for the victims). The victims experienced physical, psychological, sexual and economic violence from their aggressors. One case resulted in the death of the victim, while two required hospitalization following severe trauma. Three of the victims were raped, while rape was attempted for the other two cases. GBV associated with acquaintances made on social media channels is emerging as a new social problem in Nigeria. Interventions to educate female social media users about this potential danger are urgently necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican Journal of Reproductive Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • Crime victim
  • Gender issues
  • Internet
  • Mobile phones
  • Social media
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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