Is Rape Legalized In Nigeria?
Several Nigerian women will relate to this story…
You visit the guy in his house… He tries to take off your clothes and you protested…. He overpowers you and gets you naked…. You pull the sheet on his bed to cover your naked body…. He stands up, locks the room and increases the volume of the music in the room to ensure that even if you shout, nobody will hear you…. You sit on the bed terrified and watching helplessly as he prepares to violate you… You want to scream but you know everyone will ask you “what did you go to his house to do?” So you choose to rather appeal to his conscience… You beg him not to do it… He pushes you to the bed, spreads your leg and threatens to hurt you if you fight back… So you give up and he violates you in a painful quickie…. You are wet with tears in your eyes and wet with his semen in your body. You succumb to the tears and let out the cry. He is unmoved. He tells you to ‘grow up’ and stop acting like a baby. You wipe your tears and get up from the bed to put on your clothes…. But to your shock, he had SOAKED your clothes in water to ensure that you sleep over for a night of rape.
Your heart is broken but you are powerless. Your powerlessness comes from the realization that neither the police nor the society will take your case seriously if you reported the beast. Your body was violated again and the beast falls asleep.
Perhaps, the beast was your relative, pastor, friend, school mate, politician, employer or total stranger who gave you a ride on a rainy day.
This memory has been your most guarded secret and every time you read a #MeToo post or watch an #Omotoso trial, you sob internally.
You are consoled that at least women outside Nigeria can get closure through the courts unlike women in Nigeria where rape seems to be legal.
Dear people, if Omotoso ran his Church of Sex in Nigeria, he would still be walking free and collecting seeds from pulpit to pulpit. Rape is not Rape in Nigeria. If the woman didn’t bleed to death, she is said to have enjoyed the rape…Is Rape Legalized In Nigeria?
As Omotoso’s rape trial continues, I say…
#NotInMyName A 13 Year Old #CherylZondi needed a dictionary to learn new words, Not a 60 year old’s DiCKtionary to learn new sex positions. She needed a pencil ✏ to draw her future, not a penis to tear her hymen. A 13 year old is only a 10 years old with an extra 3 Christmases. That’s a freaking 10 + 3 year old infant people…. She only turned 10 years old 3 years before she was introduced to adulthood by an adult who refused to grow up.
While we encourage victims of Rape in Omotoso’s country Nigeria to seek closure from courtrooms, we also celebrate victims of rape in South Africa for their bravery and courage.
Together, we shall Make Africa Great Again where our women will be loved and not raped, respected and not violated. But until then, I wonder, IS RAPE LEGALIZED IN NIGERIA?
My name is Charles Awuzie and I wrote this in tears and shame.