Violence Against Persons [Prohibition] Act 2015 (VAPP Act)

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Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 (VAPP Act)

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On 28 May 2015, the President of Nigeria signed into law (the Violence Against Persons [Prohibition] Act 2015 (VAPP Act)). It is a law that criminalised Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practises (HP) and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Among the numerous innovation of the VAPP Act, is that it expanded the definition of rape to mean that any human sex (man/woman) can be a rape-offender or a rape-victim and that any opening in the human body can be raped, while anything can be a tool for rape.

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The VAPP Act was enacted by the federal legislature but it is operational only in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is a federal law but cannot apply and operate to other states and parts of Nigeria, since the matters treated in the law, are matters within the powers of states  legislatures (Houses of Assembly). Since, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja does not have a  state legislature, it is the federal legislature that severs as the legislature for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Click to download: Violence Against Persons [Prohibition] Act 2015 (VAPP Act)

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