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How I Escaped Being Raped – Kenny Awujoola

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Have you ever been molested or raped? What were the events surrounding this cruel and punishable crime? Where is the rapist now and the victim? What punishment has been melted out on the rapist? How do we curtail or eradicate this unbearable crime? Have you ever been raped? No, I haven’t but I have been molested.

What do you understand by these two unruly actions? Rape is an act of physically forcing another person to have sexual intercourse. Molestation on the other hand is an act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activities, Yes. I have been molested.

A long time ago in my primary school days, my parents lived in a face to face apartment in a busy area around Surulere, Lagos. There was this uncle of mine who also lived in the same compound with my parents. All I can remember now is how he had me do some sorts of things whenever he called me into his room.

Considering the fact that I was a minor who had no idea as to what was going on because I lacked the knowledge of the dos and donts of relating with the opposite sex, he always had his ways. But now in the confine of my room, I remember all what he did and the effect it had on me as a child. All thanks to God, I have moved beyond my past. But, where is this uncle of mine? Sure he is still living fine. He might have forgotten what he did in the past but I can never forget. He served no punishment for what he did because up till now, nobody knows about it in the family.

This brings me to another story by Kenny Awujoola (National PRO, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) . Following the post by Don Jazzy, a Nigerian Music Producer about young ladies calling out names of producers or big names in the industry who have at one time or another molested or raped them. Kenny shared how a movie director tried to rape her. In her words, “whenever I remember the dirty slap I gave one actor (Femi Fadeyi) that tried to rape me ehn, the thing dey sweet my belle. He was still trying to get his consciousness and looking for the road when I ran out of the room”.

A lot of opinions have been generated following various attempted rape scenarios. The human mind has become so corrupt that we usually have some people blame the victims for the assault on the basis of irresponsible dress code.

Yes, we all know some ladies deliberately wear skimpy wears and revealing outfits to seduce men or get attention; but what about the cases of minors that are well covered. Let’s take a look at the trending story of Baba Ijesha, the popular Nollywood actor accused of molesting a minor. Do we blame this on indecency? Interestingly, sexual harassment/molestation is not limited to the female folks alone.

It happens to both folks in Nigeria. Boys are molested by their aunt’s and family members a times likewise the girls. Even married men and women face the same situation in various places including offices. The lack of moral speaks volume in all of these instances. The world is evolving rapidly with the aid of technology.

It is high time victims begin to speak up. The society should stop the blame game and provide support for those who have been molested or raped. Severe punishments should be melt out on offenders. No mercy irrespective of the rapists status. Parents should enlighten their wards on sex education. The approach needs to change to have a mentally balanced society.

Written by: Tolulope Raheem

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