Tag: rape

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About Three weeks ago, I read Mona Elthahawy’s chilling book, – ‘Headscarves and Hymens’. It’s an expose of the status and realities of Arab women in their own homelands, chronicling how a mix of culture and religion has, for donkey years succeeded in firmly entrenching women as second class citizens. I’d recommend the book to…

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“Hey, what’s that word for being afraid of cramped places?” He asked. I was barely two weeks old in this school and my reluctance at being left alone in the school bathrooms or in the classrooms at night during study, was already legendary. I sought safety in numbers so frequently, it was said that I…

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When a man says a female who willfully puts herself in a compromising position may get molested, most females are quick to label such men potential rapists. Such blind conclusions baffle me. Just because a man has no right to touch a female who’s practically naked doesn’t make it okay for her to send the…

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Rita gyrated her hips as she finished off the red cup of liquor in her hand. This was, hands down, the best house party she had ever attended!! And she had been to a lot. The music was on point, the drinks were over flowing, and the guys were sooooo hot!! She was glad she…

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Like a lightning bolt, the blow struck my belly. “Oh” I whimpered in pain clutching it tightly. Another to my unprotected head, sent me head first into the marshy, slimy floor. Blurry sight, bloody nose, chipped teeth. I could feel the rough hands rip my gown from my neck and squeeze tightly at my breasts.…

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A friend once shared a story with me. She told me about a girl who got raped in her apartment. However, when the girl made an attempt to give a report at the police station, she was shunned and discouraged by close friends and relatives. “It will dent your image jare.” “People will start treating…

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I picked up my underwear from the brown tiled floor with shaky fingers. It was still intact, with no tears. It was very girly, the sort of underwear that a seven-year-old would wear – It was pink, with one black bow in front and two smaller black bows on both sides. Then, with my underwear…

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Oct 13

Ash Tea

The smallest and most simple of things can evoke memories I thought I forgot. It’s been four years since I came visiting, but now mum is ill, she needs me. Dad passed away a couple of months earlier and I personally feel like she’s just aching to meet him. After leaving her bedside, I meandered…

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I am a habitually non-commenting reader on this platform, and this delectable attitude continued until Sunday, 4th September, 2016 when I read the article Rape Revisited: Is There A  Defence For The Accused? Kindly read the article (in the very unlikely event you haven’t, seeing as it is supremely controversial) before reading mine. It took,…

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Jacob hit her. Again. And again as she tried to get out of the car. It stung – that hot slap. They were coming back from his friend’s house in Bodija. On the way he had thrown her out of the car, knowing she did not have enough cash to get to her house and…

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Rape is a form of sexual assault and a very terrible act. It may happen anyway, no matter the number of prevention steps you take. Rape is when a person(s) has sex with an unwilling person. Sex should always be consensual, that is, it must happen between willing parties. Any sex with a person who…

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“In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.”  – James E.…

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Yes, there’s a but.  There was no ‘but’ before I got pregnant myself and experienced the reality and the mystery of it all.  Before, there was no argument in my mind about it.  I was – and still am – Pro-Life, because of my fundamental belief in God and Christianity.  However, pregnancy gave me some…