In this article we tell a story of a Nigerian lady who recounts how her father raped her and four of her sisters for years.
With the recent attention given to rape in Nigeria, a lady has decided to speak up on being raped by her father for about 10 years, revealing that he did the same to four of her elder sisters as well. She claims that he got them pregnant three times and they had to abort.
Read her story below:
“I was a victim for 10 years and you won’t want to know the person involved.
He would remove the bulb in my room, cellotape my mouth, take his koboko cane and tell me if I shout he would flog the living daylight out of me.
Periods he brought out knife.
I was only 15, from age 5 to 15 I suffered.
I am yet to heal completely…. So when I see people who can voice out boldly like this, I support them and pray for them.
Reason for writing my third book, a book on abuse.
The person tormented me for 10 years
Do you know who?
For 10 years I suffered
I was at his mercy. My mum never knew..
She was blinded with love
On my 21st birthday I called her and told her everything
Then I had got my freedom.”
Rape is a traumatic experience that impacts its victims in a physical, psychological, and sociological way. Even though the effects and aftermath of rape differ among survivors, individuals tend to suffer from similar issues found within these three categories. Long term reactions may involve the development of coping mechanism that will either benefit the survivor, such as social support, or inhibit their recovery.