Harsh reality destroys innocence. Jacqueline
innocence is stolen;
when no eyes were looking.
bore pain of betrayal;
with the mask of innocence.
lies an embittered spirit;
deprived of girlhood innocence.
It’s never a comfortable topic to write about the abuse of the girl-child and even grown women and an issue most would like to wish away and hide under the veil of humour. Yet, the statistics and spate of abuse and violation of females are horrendous.
A lot of times, violation comes from close quarters. These incidents leave a not so strong female broken, disillusioned, embittered and bearing the burden of guilt and shame. Her silence costs her everything and it takes a lot of grace for a victim to overcome the burden of violation.
Society has not helped by casting silent and even vocal blame on victims, thereby making their burden a lot heavier and their silence more ominous.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha