A rape victim named Dorothy Edet has recounted her heart-breaking ordeals in the hands of rapists after surviving rape in four occasions.
Edet made this known while speaking during the funeral of Iniobong Umoren, the job seeker who was raped and murdered in Akwa Ibom State.
The woman recounted how she was raped by close relatives, strangers as well as people she went to sell her wares to when she was a child, stressing that how women dress has nothing to do with rape.
“’My name is Dorothy Edet. I am actually a survivor of rape. I understand what it means. When people talk about rape, I also want to voice out.
“At the age of seven, I was gang-raped. Dressing has nothing to do with rape. What a woman wears cannot even push somebody to rape a woman. At the age of 10, I remember my uncle telling my mum he is going to send me to school and that was how they came, took me home and they sexually abused me from 10 to 12 years old.
“At the age of 15, I was raped when I went to sell banana for my mum. They finished eating the banana and the groundnut and they still raped me. At the age of 20, I was gang-raped again when I went to sell garri. They raped me, collected the money, (and) collected the garri.”
In her submission, Edet shared how a pastor who wanted to conduct a deliverance session for her also raped her.
“At the age of 24, I was raped by my pastor who said he wanted to do deliverance for me and he did not do the deliverance. He raped me. Within five days, I was gang-raped by a group of thieves who nearly destroyed my body. What did people say, don’t say anything.
“They keep telling victims not to say anything. Do you know the psychological trauma that they pass through? This thing is painful. You don’t know what we face,” Edet said.