“If you tell anyone about this, I will stop paying your school fees.”
My name is Becky, I’m 20 years old and I live in this real world.
I was born in Shira, Bauchi State. I currently live just north of Lagos, in Ogun State. I stay with my uncle because he can afford my fees, my father cannot. I do not remember what it feels like to be loved and protected – my mother is dead.
In this choice between getting an education and avoiding daily rape, at first I chose school. This started when I was 18, now, it is no longer a choice. It has been 2 years of constant rape and abuse. If I stay here I will die. And if I leave, I will die as well, only, a different death.
“If you tell anyone about this, I will stop paying your school fees”, he says.
Lying there I think there is as much horror in the mundane as in the spectacular. He grunts like he always does, consistently like the drone of a neighbor’s generator and I go away like I always do.
Latch on to a painted wall, the kitchen floor, cobweb in the store and when he decides he will rape me in the backyard in the evening, searching for something to hold, I roll the threat on my tongue. He says it now with such lack of conviction.
Inside of the house, I have lost my words, except to mutter always our familiar threat. Lost inside of my worlds. I want to become a Nurse to heal people and impact lives, but this seems far-fetched as I have no funds.
Please I need your help. I need 650,000 naira to complete my schooling. This money will let me look in the eyes of my uncle’s threat and not fear. I will go back to Bauchi to my father, I will remain in school. I will start to live again.
Please help me.
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This message is brought to you and Becky’s case is being handled by STER (Stand To End Rape)