On Wednesday 6th of November 2019, the Senate debated the Sexual Harassment Bill which has been proposed. The bill, which successfully scaled through the second reading on the floor of the Senate, was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.
The Bill which has bee proposed is titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019” has 27 clauses. The bill proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of five years, without an option of fine for any educator who is found guilty of committing sexual offences in tertiary institutions. The definition of sexual offences in this bill include; sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective students, intimidating or creating a hostile or unsafe place/environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.
Some other forms of sexual harassment which has been identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, touching, pinching the breasts or hair, lip, hips or buttocks or any other sensitive/private part of the body of a student. Or by texting or sending by courier or electronic or any unwitty means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex-related objects to a student or intending students, and whistling or winking at a student or shouting, joking or making advanced sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.