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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

Characteristics of sexual violence: Study of 127 cases registered in the Court of Appeals of Cotonou

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Author Details: Bigot Cedric Egnonwa Parfait, Adovoekpe Jean Marie, Agbobli Yawo Apelete, Ekouevi Didier, Bigot Andr

Volume : 5

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 101

Article End Page : 106


In republic of Benin, rape is a crime for which the law provides harsh penalties. The perpetrators of that form of crime are tried in the courts of appeal by special jurisdictions: the criminal courts. We conducted a case control study on 127 cases of rape investigated and judged by the court of appeal of Cotonou from 2005 to 2015.
This research work points out that victims are exclusively women and girls and that 62.2% of them are children under 13 years of age. As regards offenders, all of them are male subjects and young adults in 63.8% of cases. They were acquaintances of the victims in 68.5% of the cases; and they all confessed to the criminal action with which they were charged. The victims were subject to medical examination 7 times out of 10 without police requisition. Those medical consultations confirmed the presence of injuries caused by extra-genital violence in .9 of victims. Defloration signs were noted in 79.7% of the girls less than 13 years old.
The populations and health professionals should be sensitized about victims’ identification and sociocultural conditions that may facilitate the commission of those crimes; it is an important action to be carried so as to ensure an efficient fight against sexual violence.

Keywords: Sexual assault, Rape, Genital injuries, Forensic-medicine, Benin republic.

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