Re-Examination of Rape and Its Growing Jurisprudence under International Law

Babalola Abegunde


The trend of recurrence rape in our society today constitutes a serious phenomenal threat to the human existence and dignity. This paper examined the offence of rape holistically from definitional perspective with reference to related concepts such as sexual violence, and marital /spousal rape. This paper also examined selected statutes which prohibit rape. It further examined rape in the context of genocide, crime against humanity, torture, and war crimes. Also, some selected statistics of rape were examined. Also, examined are effects and aftermaths of rape.

The aim of this paper is to show that rape is a monstrously dangerous to humanity and should not be underrated.

This is a desk-based research which relies on both primary and secondary resources of data which have been subjected to contentual and contextual analysis.

It is the findings of this author among others that issue of rape must be frontally attacked but also that the problem of rape cannot be solved by measures taken within the criminal justice sector alone.

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