MOSHOOD (MOSH)'s friends
posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 01:34 PM
Here is an excerpt from Folorunsho Moshood’s Hope For PLP
The piece of paper handed over to her by the Counsellor would change her forever since HIV has no cure yet. She has just been tested positive. She cried profusely as she narrated her ordeal in the hands of rapists:
‘It took place at Uromi junction. On one Saturday evening, I was returning from my uncle’s place around 7:30 pm. The gang had been following me right from there but I did not notice. I was rounded up behind one uncompleted building at Uromi junction. Naughty Anni, yes, that is his name, the mastermind brought out a small sharp knife and used it to fondle my neck for a while. I was scared to the marrow. He said he would kill me with the knife if I shouted or cried. I was led inside the building where I….I…. was ordered to undress. By this time, others had brought out their identical knives. Anni only supervised them. I did not know when their hands came all over my naked body because I was practically dead. My soul had temporarily left me. The feel from the first rapist brought me back to life, I screamed and Anni who had found joy in my pains immediately stuffed my mouth with two handkerchiefs. Had I known this would be the result, I would have resisted them or at least put up a fight and damned the consequences’.
While consoling her, the Counsellor calmly said to her, ‘no, you should have told them that you’ve just done your HIV test and that the result will soon be out. That would have scared them’.
Hmm! In this ‘sexually civilized’ world, especially in the developing countries, rape has suddenly become the commonest crime, but the least litigated case in the courts of law because the victims, mostly females, always fail to report to the authority as a result of pride.
Culprits are mostly males; fathers, uncles, sugar daddies, boy friends, male teachers/lecturers and even husbands. It is always perpetrated by the person that the victims knew very well. Unfortunately, the victims suffer in silence because of the stigma associated with it. Men should stop using their manliness as an object of terror or a weapon of mass destruction. Women should not be treated as a mere object of sexual desire.
The effects of rape as you all know are but not limited to: Reproductive complications such as chronic pelvic pain, unwanted pregnancy, miscarriages, low birth weight and sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea, syphilis and of course HIV/AIDS.
What about physical and psychological problems, which include bodily injury, trauma, depression, suicide and death. Please if you find yourself to be a victim of rape in future, report the case immediately to the appropriate authority and see a doctor afterwards.
Please, please and please, don’t change your clothes and don’t clean up when you are going to report for you to have evidence to prove your case. This ugly trend must stop.