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Zainab Shehu was nar­rat­ing to Home Front how her mother blamed her when she told her a stranger in a cab she boarded back home tried to ha­rass her by feel­ing her legs.

“I came home and tried to tell my mom what hap­pened, and she made it my fault be­cause I was wear­ing a tight-fit­ting gown with­out a proper hi­jab to go with it,” she said.

“It was a scary ex­pe­ri­ence for me be­cause I was the only woman in the cab and it was pretty late on that day but the fear I felt that night turned to anger when my mom said it was my fault,” she added.

While sex­ual ha­rass­ment has been a per­va­sive prob­lem for women through­out his­tory, in most coun­tries it is il­le­gal in em­ploy­ment places, the academia or any­where else even though it still hap­pens.

Only a few weeks ago, an au­dio clip of a univer­sity lec­turer sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing one of his stu­dents went vi­ral on the in­ter­net.

Al­though the ex­po­sure led to his res­ig­na­tion, the said Head of English De­part­ment, Univer­sity of Ilorin was said to have en­gaged in the sex­ual and cor­rupt acts in col­lab­o­ra­tion with his col­leagues in the de­part­ment.

Tina Aliu, a stu­dent of Bi­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Abuja, told our re­porter that ha­rass­ment was not just in school but also ev­ery­where in the so­ci­ety al­though their oc­cur­rence in schools and work­places was more ram­pant.

She said be­fore se­cur­ing ad­mis­sion, she had worked as a sales per­son at a phar­macy and that what prompted her to leave was when her boss be­gan to make un­so­licited com­ments about her body parts and also on oc­ca­sions ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ brush­ing sex­ual parts of his body against hers.

“I warned him am not like that but he did not ap­pre­ci­ate it; he kept on per­sist­ing, to the point that he would make sneak sex­ual at­tacks at me, that was when I knew I had to leave, after all the pay was not that much,” she said.

Tina also said she never thought she dressed in­de­cently to war­rant such treat­ment from her boss, but be­lieved he needed help be­cause he was not only ha­rass­ing her but also other fe­male cus­tomers who vis­ited the phar­macy.

Gabriel Jatau said he suf­fered his own ha­rass­ment from a lec­turer dur­ing his last year in the univer­sity when he missed a test and ap­proached the lec­turer for a make-up test.

“The lec­turer is well known for these kinds of things with ladies, but since am not a lady I thought I could set­tle him with money and get away with it.

“But the lec­turer de­manded that I present my then girl­friend to him. I swore to him that I didn’t have a girl­friend, but he knew and even de­scribed her to me. He then in­sisted I bring her to him warn­ing me that she must ac­cept his de­mand.

“I told my girl­friend about the is­sue and begged her to help me out so I don’t have an ex­tra year. The lady broke up with me and I ended up spend­ing two more years in the univer­sity be­fore the course was fi­nally taken away from the lec­turer,” Jatau said.

Jatau who is now a youth corps mem­ber, told Home Front that he (the lec­turer) still found a way to frus­trate the same girl he was dat­ing un­til she re­ported him to the then HOD of their de­part­ment, and even at that other lec­tur­ers took over from him, and en­sured she grad­u­ated with very poor grades.

“I still blame my­self for that be­cause if I hadn’t ap­proached him, she wouldn’t have had to be sin­gled out that way,” he said.

“She is a very de­cent girl

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