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I Started Being A Victim Of Rape At 7 – Fatimah Ishaku Narrates Sexual Ordeal With Father

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Fatima Ishaku, a Nigerian author has revealed how the dad started having a carnal knowledge of her at age 7.
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Fatima Ishaku, a Nigerian author has revealed how the dad started having a carnal knowledge of her at age 7.

The girl’s right activist spoke in an interview with Jude Jideonwo, a TV host.

Ishaku, who authored the book, “I Called Him Dad,” stated that the sexual abuse started before she clocked five but her mother refused to listen to her.

“You should know your child, why she is this and suddenly became that. Don’t say, ‘oh, you’re wayward. You’re a prostitute. Cut her vagina.’ Do you know how many times they had to tear my vagina and put pepper?

“Sometimes it’s not the rape that affects or kills people. A lot of people have committed suicide. They want to speak but society would inflict more pain on you. You often find a series of a 70-year-old raping a five-year-old girl.”

She however spoke on the pivotal role of mothers in raising girl child.

She further said her mother used to apply incisions on her vagina as a way of punishing her. This haunted her till adulthood.

The day you speak out, you’re broken. When I tried to tell my mother what was happening, she pushed me. Why did she hate me so much? It’s not the rape that’s affecting me. I’ve helped a lot of young children,” the author said.

“I look at it as my destiny. I looked at the scars I got through my mum, how she cut my vagina; put pepper. Those are the things that affect me till now. She said if my children asked, I should tell them she scarred me.

“I was tired. I had to go and report to an officer in the barracks. I was scared so I didn’t tell him the full story.

“My mother was still in the mortuary and this man was defiling me. He said no one could protect me anymore, threatened to kill me like he killed my mother. He raped me, beat me, and locked me on the balcony.”

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