ACT CSO Feature: I Was Raped, Visually Impaired Woman Narrates Ordeal

A virtually impaired woman who was raped recently made bold to share her ordeal  with ROYAL IBEH amid the need to tackle the worrisome surge of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria.

In a small, hard-to-access house in Agegunle in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, lives Monica, (not real name) a 35-year-old lady who is visually impaired. She lost her vision due to complications after she had an accident. Despite living in such a condition, Monica was recently molested sexually, an experience which has left her traumatised. This is despite living with the consciousness that there is no cure for her health condition.

Sharing her experience with LEADERSHIP Weekend, Monica said, “I was not born blind. My life had a twist when I had an accident 10 years ago that affected my eyes. My parents did all they could, to save my sight, but all to no avail.”

Due to her condition, however, Monica could no longer teach which was her primary profession, she had to learn how to design beads to survive…

The executive director of Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP), Bose Ironsi told LEADERSHIP Weekend that people with disability face more violence than people without any form of disability in the sense that people see them as people who cannot report.

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Bose Ironsi, ED, WRAHP

To start with, Ironsi said the stigmatization starts within the family members while strangers on the other hand abuse them, but there is no documentation, Ironsi said…

She said WRAHP cannot do it alone, adding that, with the help of the European Union Agent for Citizen-driven Transformation (EU ACT) programme, which is being implemented by the British Council, WRAHP has built the capacity of about 20 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to be able to tackle the issue of SGBV effectively.

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