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Tasha Sarumi Asks “Why Is It So Easy For Nigerian Men To Raise Their Filthy Hands Against Women? Who Taught Y’all That Crap?”


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We live in a misogynistic country where many men think less of women. We see this everyday, in homes, offices, public transport, streets and everywhere we go. They continue to perpetrate violence against women because they get away with it.

A singer and writer, Tasha Sarumi, was recently slapped by a military man because she stood up for another woman who was being harrassed.

She shared her story on social media, and while many condemned the military man, some men and women cussed her out for standing up for another woman. This victim blaming culture is one of the reasons violence against women continues to thrive in Nigeria.

She tweeted,

One coward slapped me this morning cause I stood up for a woman he harassing.

Then he took off his outer shirt to show the military top he had on

What can we do to stop this crap? @NigeriaMilitary Why do we have to be bullied by the people meant to ‘protect’ us?

He was actually showing his uniform to justify why he slapped me @NigeriaMilitary

There were other people there, he just picked the smallest FEMALE to bully @NigeriaMilitary

He bullied me cause I am a girl @instablog9ja @NigeriaMilitary It needs to stop. Why bully people cause you are military?

I woke up to this, its amazing most of the people cussing me out are women, cause I stood up for another woman? He slapped me as an ordinary man wearing ordinary clothes. When I called for help, he was quick to take off his shirt and display his military singlet. Like, don't touch me I'm military. Coward, he could flex his muscles on me. But when he saw my people he almost fainted. This is 2017, he will be found and made to pay in some way. Why is it so easy for Nigerian men to raise their filthy hands against women? Who taught y'all that crap? #SayNoToAbuseAgainstWomen #IWillStandForWomenAnytime #MilitaryOrBully #WomanPowerWednesday #CanOurMenGetItTogether #LoverNotFighter @Regrann from @instablog9ja – Nigerian soldier allegedly slaps actress and singer Sarumi for standing up against harassment

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