Ashimolowo, O.R*, Soetan, O.J*, Adetarami, O.*, Dada, O. E, Olayiwola K.M*, Adewoye, E.O* and Oyedele, A.T**
*Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
**Ogun State School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Ogun State, Nigeria
The study assessed the incidences and perceived causes of defilement among adolescents in Abeokuta North Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select a total of 120 respondents for the study. Questionnaire was used to elicit information from the respondents. Data collected was analysed using frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and regression analysis. The result shows that 62.5% of the respondents were between the age range of 16-19 years with a mean age of 16 years and 46.7% of the respondents were Christians. Result further showed that 55.8% of the respondents have been defiled, 40.8% were defiled when they were between 11-15 years, 25.8%, 9.2% were defiled by their friends and casual acquaintance respectively. Cases of child sexual abuse common in the study area were exploitative use of children in pornography performance (40.8%) and inducement or coercion to engage in unlawful sexual activity (36.7%). The perceived causes of defilement were lack of fear of God (mean=2.72), broken families (mean=2.70) and lack of parental guidance (mean=2.66). The result of hypotheses test shows that there is significant relationship (p≤0.05) between mothers’ educational level (β=-1.329) and fathers’ educational level (β=1.855) and causes of defilement. The study concluded that causes of defilement were lack of parental guidance, broken families and lack of fear of God. It was therefore recommended that parents, caregivers and religious leader should ensure that they give proper guidance and counseling to children in order to prevent them of being victim of child defilement.
Keywords: Incidences, perceived Causes and Means of Defilement, Adolescents