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MEDIA RE-VICTIMIZATION OF RAPE VICTIMS IN A SHAME CULTURE? EXPLORING THE FRAMING AND REPRESENTATION OF RAPE CASES IN NIGERIAN DAILIES
This is a content analysis of three Nigerian Dailies – Daily Sun, Vanguard and Guardian newspapers to examine the framing and representation of rape cases in the newspapers. Among the objectives of the study are to find out the frequency of stories on rape reported in the Nigerian newspapers, to find out the sources of rape cases as reported in the Nigerian Newspapers, and to find out the dominant frame used in the stories on rape reported in the Nigerian newspapers. It was found that the dominant frame of rape stories in the newspapers was innocence frame which portrayed victims of rape as innocent of the crime rather than revictimisation frame which portrayed victims as responsible for the incident.
Key words: Framing, Representation, Re-victimisation, Rape.