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Perpetration of sexual assault against females: which is more important, men's knowledge or attitude?

Authors: N.A. Adeleke., W.O Adebimpe, O.E. Farinloye

Journal: UNIOSUN Journal of Sciences

Background: Knowledge and attitude are interrelated and are important elements in determining human behaviours. In solving any health problem, it is pertinent to understand the knowledge and attitude the affected population have about the disease.Objective: To determine the knowledge and attitudes of men in Osun State about female sexual assault. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey of 1,200 selected males across six local government areas in Osun State was conducted between August and December 2014 using interviewer administered questionnaires. The data was analyzed with SPSS version 17.0 Results: The average age of the respondents was 31.33 ± 12.75 years and 46% were married. School attendance rate was 94.7%. About 2% of the respondents had good level of knowledge, while 57% had poor attitude toward prevention. Conclusion: Negative attitude of men but not poor knowledge constituted obstacle to prevention of sexual assault against women