28% of women with disabilities suffered sexual abuse

About 28 per cent of Nigerian women with disabilities have suffered sexual abuse, new research by Africa Polling Institute (API) has found.

Published on Thursday, the report said 11 per cent of men living with disabilities have also suffered some form of sexual abuse.

API, an independent research think-tank, said 64 per cent of respondents in its survey affirmed that women with disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual abuse than women without disabilities irrespective of age and educational levels.

The research was conducted with support from the Ford Foundation to monitor progress on the domestication of “the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition), Act, 2018 in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”

Overall, the objective of the project, API said, is to ensure that state governments adopt evidence-informed policies that address the challenges of persons with disabilities (PWDs); advance a better…

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