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Diary of a broken teen
Doctor Ije looked at the fragile being lying on the hospital bed with so much pity. Thoughts of what might have happened to this little girl filled her mind. Though she was fast asleep, you could see fright all over her. She looked defeated and broken.
Could this be a case of sexual molestation? She waved off the thought.
On a second thought though, that could be a possibility as cases of child sexual abuse has become rampant in the society.
The man that brought her to the hospital didn’t say much only that she fell from the stairs.
When he saw she has being revived, he left almost immediately claiming to go get some change of clothes for the girl. She had strong doubts about him she couldn’t place the doubts.
Lost in her own thoughts, she didn’t notice when the girl jerked from sleep; scanning the environment, with an apparent question in her eyes ‘where I’m I?
She looked up and saw a figure. Startled, she moved backwards on the bed she laid. The fear written on her face was so glaring.
Ije saw the fright in the girl’s eyes and reached towards her to hold her hand; but the girl withdrew her hand and started sobbing which gave way to an outburst of tears.
Ije succeeded in calming her down. ‘It’s okay sweetheart. I won’t hurt you, okay?
When she saw the girl wasn’t assured, she went further “you can talk to me honey. See me as your friend. What’s your name?
“My name na chi-chi. Aunty Doctor, abeg no allow my uncle come carry me back. I no wan go back to im house. abeg help me abeg”. She said in one breathe amidst tears.
‘It’s ok darling, nobody will take you away. Ok? I will make sure it doesn’t happen. Now, you will tell me what happened, okay?
“Who was the man that brought you here?
“Na my mama brother be that. My papa and mama say make I go live with am say im go send me go school as dem no get money to send me go school. Me wan go school, so I gree follow am” (My parents said I should go live with him and that he will send me to school. they don’t have the money for my education. I want to go to school, so I agreed to follow him)
“I see. So where are you from and where are your parents?
“I be Imo state pikin. My papa and mama dey village with my brodas and sisters dem.(I’m from Imo state)
“Tell me what happened? Why these bruises on your laps and vagina walls?
And she began to narrate her ordeal in her uncle’s hands; How the supposed uncle have been sexually abusing her, ranging from fingering to fondling to real penetration; not once, not twice and not even thrice.
For the past two years she has been living with him, this has being her lot.
“My God” Ije exclaimed. “Darling, did you tell anybody?
“Im say if I tell pesin, im go kill me” (He threatened me that that if I tell anyone, he will kill me)
Dr. Ije kept herself from screaming out of anger. Anger surged through her veins. She knows she is not supposed to be feeling this way but right now, all she feels for this man is nothing but anger and hatred.
“What about his wife? What about his children?
“She dey always dey travel to buy clothes wey she dey sell. dem never born pikin” (she’s always travelling to buy goods for sale. they don’t have a child yet)
Her mind travelled to her daughters. They were her world. She doesn’t think any man can survive the consequences of laying a finger on her girls.
She couldn’t bring herself to imagine how many children will be suffering same fate elsewhere. She cannot imagine the kind of trauma this child is exposed to at this age.
Chi-chi was only lucky to have escaped from this man, and that was because, according to her, she passed out as the evil man was perpetrating his evil act.
“So he rushed her to the hospital when he realized his deed. What a man! evil in high places.
“No child, boy or girl deserves this”
She thought about the defenseless creatures that are suffering with no one to stand up for them; No one to assure them of a better tomorrow.
This is one of the reasons why we have women(men) who have lost the essence of living and rather plunged into a life of recklessness just to get away from their past. Lives that would have been sources of inspiration have become sources of worry to the society all because of men who cannot control their sexual libido.
Ije stood up, paced around and looked at chi-chi “Sweetheart, you see this fight, I have bought it over. By the time I am through with that man, whenever he sees a female, he will run for his life. He will pay for everything he did to you!” And she meant every word of what she has just said.
“I know what to do”. She thought to herself. She will press charges. Barrister Zara is someone she can count on, with respect to matters like this. It is high time this male perverts get punished for taking advantage of little children. He must eat the bread of justice.
She will make sure this girl gets justice. Yes, she will fight for her as if she were her own daughter.
Something has to be done right this time, and this will be a warning to all others who are in this evil game of molesting young girls. If the parents of this child cannot fight for her as a result of poverty, she will assume that role.
It’s high time people rise up to tackle some issues in the society. We all can’t keep feigning ignorance of what’s going on around us.
“This is one broken piece that I will help to mend. “So help me God!
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Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere
Hi there, My name is Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere. I am a Broadcast Journalist/OAP and a teen coach. I am passionate about building a community of impact driven Teens and young adults in all spheres of life. In simple terms, I help Teens/Young adults live their dreams. Welcome to my World!
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