Incest

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF INCEST?

Incest is sexual activity between family members or close relatives - between, for example, a father and his daughter, an aunt and her nephew, or other inappropriate relationships between relatives.

Sometimes, these kinds of relationships can be agreed upon by both people involved (in some cultures in Nigeria, marriage between cousins is allowed). Sadly, however, many times incest is a form of sexual abuse - where the perpetrator forces his or her victim to engage in sexual acts against their will.

The Nigerian law is silent on incest as a crime and prescribes no punishment for perpetrators.

Why is it difficult to tell someone about being sexually abused by a family member?
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