Oluwagbenga Oluwafemi Dawodu, a comedian and event compere popularly known as ‘Kristen Dawodu’ has lent his voice on the campaign against rape and sexual assault.
Condemning the acts that again, recently lead to the violation and deaths of some Nigerian girls, he said “Rape could be caused by unbriddled sexual desire, but it is now understood as a pathological assertion of power over a victim, the psychological motivations of a rapist are more complex than we could merely think of.
Many things could be the aim of a rapist, they may include the desire to punish, to take revenge, to cause pain, to prove sexual prowess or to control fear, but which ever reason it may be, raping a lady shouldn’t be the best option”.
He went further, “some rapist will not just rape a victim, they will go ahead and terminate their lives, and the most shocking part is sexual assault isn’t limited to women, many men and boys suffer rape and sexual trauma each year.
But in most cases, it happens to women and girls more. Regardless of age or gender, the impact of sexual violence goes far beyond any physical injuries.
The trauma of being raped or sexually assaulted can be shattering, leaving the victim to be scared, ashamed, alone or plagued by nightmares, they could always have a flashback of the incident and other unpleasant memories.
He said, “The world doesn’t feel like a safe place anymore “as we hear cases of a person been raped and killed in the church of God. You don’t even trust yourself; You may question your judgment, yourself worth, and even your sanity.
You may blame yourself for what happened or believe that you are “dirty” or “damaged goods”. And like many rape survivors, you may struggle with infectious diseases, anxiety and depression.
In addition, Kristen urged victims to build up the courage to admit and speak up that they were raped or sexually assaulted, of course there’s a stigma attached. It can make you feel dirty and weak. You may also be afraid of how others will react, will they judge you?
Look at you differently? Summon the courage to speak up! It seems easier to downplay what happened or keep it a secret. But I must tell you, when stay silent, you deny yourself help and reinforce your victim hood.
Reach out to someone you trust, it is common to think that if you don’t talk About It then it didn’t really happen. But the truth is, you can’t heal when you are avoiding the truth, and hiding only adds to feelings of shame, as scary as it is, open up. It will set you free, and will give more room to getting the rapist and they face the judgment.
In conclusion, remember that as a victim, your ability to be able to open up, and your ability to be able to trust someone with your story opens more rooms for the evil people (rapist) to get caught and face a befitting punishment. Speak up today! Help reduce sexual assault in the society.