PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS OF ROLES OF EDUCATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS IN MITIGATING RAPE AGAINST FEMALE STUDENTS IN NIGERIAAbstract:
This paper examined roles of educational stakeholders in mitigating rape against female students in Nigeria. Rape is the use of force or trick to have sexual intercourse with a female or male person. It may be the product of uncritical thinking, ignorance, cruelty, religious poverty, drug abuse, and so on. Rape can lead to death, depression, social stigma, injury, suicide, and so on. Philosophical ideas revealed that moral development and avoidance of rape should be promoted in the society. Theory of Gender and Power posited that culture that allows men to dominate women is one of the reasons women are raped and suffer in silence after rape. Rape is prevalent in Nigeria and other countries. It is a crime punishable by imprisonment or death in Nigeria. Rape may be curbed by the roles of educational stakeholders such as philosophers of education, teachers, parents, counsellors, government, mass media, and so on. Their roles include guidance, monitoring, and so on. The benefits of this work and its application to curb rape include preservation of life, peace, critical thinking, enlightenment, prevention of depression, suicide, shame, social stigma, and availability of human resources who might have been dead if there was rape. It was therefore suggested that educational stakeholders play their roles in curbing rape against female students in Nigeria.