Dorothy Njemanze and Dorcas Osaze Ogiamien are women who have committed their lives to fighting domestic abuse against young persons.
Our society has a culture of silence which makes it difficult for a victim to speak out and young people are the most vulnerable to abuse, but the work of these women seek to protect young people.
In an interview with RACHEL BAKAM, these women talk about why they do what they do.
I’m just a normal human being who has had life as life. I live the rest of my life trying to fix the things that I struggled with at one point in time or the other pretty much, what I struggled most with, was abuse. I dedicated the rest of my life on sensitizing people on what constitutes abuse and helping people know how to address all appearances of abuse.
Because of our culture, a lot of things some people do, they don’t realise that it amounts to abuse, so I try to let people know that.
I was raped the first time at 8 years old by a neighbour’s houseboy and his three friends at the same time. Looking back, I kept quiet because I didn’t trust people enough to speak up because I didn’t see it as proper and the right thing to do to speak up.
DORCAS OSAZE OGIAMIEN
I am a lawyer and the Executive Director of FreshLife Care Foundation. We provide aid for adolescent and young people living with and affected by HIV/Aids as well as sexual and domestic violence against adolescent and young people.
With the scourge of sexual violence in our society today and the incessant increase of sexual violence among our children, we are enjoined to make sure that legal aid is provided for these children. That these children get justice especially those in our communities.
We are here to protect their rights and to make them understand that these rights exist.