A phone call awoke me that beautiful Sunday afternoon, my Sister-In-law, a #nurse , had a #rape situation and thought it wise to “ruin” my day and my entire week! She knew I couldn’t resist such story, true to her words, I couldn’t. I found myself dashing off to #Karimo , a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory in #Abuja , #Nigeria .
It turns out that an 8 year old #girl (name withheld) was involved; she has been constantly #sexually #exploited and threatened by two #adult men. One of the men in his late 30s had a #fiancé living with him, the other was a mid 20s young #man living with his parents. His father only just got retried having suffered stroke but still lived in the quarters while the other one still worked with the girl’s father in a construction site.
According to the girl’s mother, a petty trader, nothing was noticed until someone #caught them #redhanded and the little girls confessed that she had been threatened severally by the two men not to tell anyone but they only offer her sweets and chewing gum when they wanted to “have her”. She had been sexually exploited for months.
Her parents didn’t help matters, they blamed her every day.
The #police waded in, took the culprits into custody and later released them on #bail . To the parents, the story had ended because, they were threatened at the station, exploited and accused of negligence, their daughter tagged “a prostitute”. What’s more? The girl stopped schooling because of mockery and stigmatization and couldn’t even step outside their 1 bedroom flat because of the same reason.
The semi literate parents also got threats for reporting the case to the police, “but for the free living quarters and a job to hold on to, we would have run away overnight” said the #father amidst tears.
By the time I arrived Karimo police station, the #culprits have been bailed and gone, the younger one ran away immediately, it was only the “About to be married” whose fiancée had immediately broken up with him and moved out that was available.
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