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Social Media and Women’s Culture of Silence on Sexual Violence: Perception of Babcock University’s Female Undergraduates

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Mofoluke Ibidunni Akoja ,

Department of Mass Communication Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo Ogun State, NG
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Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication
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Abimifoluwa Glory Anjorin

Department of Mass Communication Babcock University Ilishan-Remo Ogun State, NG
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Abstract

The study examines the perception of female undergraduates’ about the role of social media in breaking women’s culture of silence on sexual violence. Violence against women is a subject of concern due to its prevalence and the culture of silence associated with it. Involvement of social media groups appears to be changing this trend as women are supported to speak out. The study examines some social media platforms involved in this campaign, how they contribute to knowledge of females and shape their attitude to information on sexual violence on social media as well as their perception of the effectiveness of the social media in the campaign against sexual violence among women. Anchored on two theories - agenda setting and the spiral of silence, the study through a descriptive survey, sampled the perception of 370 female undergraduates of Babcock University. Responses derived from a questionnaire were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Students were moderately exposed to campaigns on sexual violence (Mean= 3.32, SD=1.49), just as majority have a positive perception of the social media’s role in breaking the culture of silence on sexual violence (x̅= 5.00, SD=0.00). The need to intensify efforts in reaching more females especially those who still have limited knowledge and tend to be silent was underscored.
How to Cite: Akoja, M.I. and Anjorin, A.G., 2020. Social Media and Women’s Culture of Silence on Sexual Violence: Perception of Babcock University’s Female Undergraduates. Communication Cultures in Africa, 2(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.21039/cca.32
Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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