Written by Bada Yusuf Amoo

I am raped

Yet I am to be blamed

For being sexually harassed

I am the victim

Of course they say I am the villain

People around scornfully mocked me

They say I perpetrated the unholy act

And violated the sacred law

And better keep it to myself

Else I lose the remaining dignity left

What a world I lived in

That does not care

That cannot rise to my misfortune

What then do I do?

I became emotionless

Hardhearted and ready to dare

Yet I am to be blamed

For not being dear

They then say she’s of insolent character

As if they care to bear

For the pain I cannot compare

And what do they do to the perpetrator?

Oh! Let him be, they said

He was sexually stimulated

And needed to discharge his urge

So he deserved to be exonerated

For wealth, fame, power

He’s got

So it’s best to sweep the whole shameful act

Under the carpet

So that you both name won’t be soiled

A painful smile I beamed

For I know they care less about my future

So they said and they ended the saga

I still can’t believe

I am the victim

Yet to be blamed.

And when I tried to let go of my pain?

I got hooked up with this

Wonderful gentle down to earth man

But no sooner than I think

He became enraged

Because I could not bear that

He touch me for his sexual gratification

I blame him not for he tried to bear

But the pain could not allow me to be dear

And still I am to be blamed

For I was the one raped of love

And can no longer reap love and affection

My dignity and life value lost

For few minutes forced enjoyment he derived

Notwithstanding the pain

Today and forever I screamed from within

Hold onto him! Hold onto him tight!!

He must not go unpunished

Cos he is the pervert

Who raped me of my

Psychological sanity

Now I am ready, for the truth I hold

For years must be unfolded

Now I speak, for I am done being victim

The cause I shall stand for is right before me

Saying NO to sexual violence

If I am the victim

Victim of social stigma

Then NO one else must be!

About the author

Bada Yusuf Amoo