Rape, according to an online definition we sourced to aid this story is defined as the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
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There has been an upsurge of rape in Nigeria which has made some prominent figures in the Nigerian entertainment industry speak vehemently about it or share their own experience to encourage others to come out and speak about it as well so the canker will be nipped in the bud.
The lastest person to share her experience is comedian and actress, Steph Isuma. She recalled how she nearly ended her life after she was raped in an interview with Sun News.
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“It was just a burden I had carried for so many years. I was depressed for years of my life. I survived it. At a point, I tried committing suicide but I survived it. I’m actually creating awareness for people to know the effect of this thing called Rape. Another reason why I put it out there was to encourage victims that they are not alone, that indeed the people they look up to also go through stuffs.
We also encourage others to speak out because if we don’t speak out these things would continue. We would have to change the rape culture in Nigeria; reduce rape apologies, stop shunning victims when they speak up for themselves, so that rape issues can reduce.”
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