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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Rape: #JusticeForOchanya (The complete story about the 13-year-old Victim)

The 13-year-old girl, Elizabeth Ogbaje Ochanya who died of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) after being a victim of both anal and vaginal molestation/ rape by her 52-year-old uncle and his son. These horrible events went on continuously for 5 years (I.e. since she was 8 years) by both father and son taking turns on her till she eventually died.
Elizabeth Ogbaje Ochanya - Victim

The Complete Story of Ochanya’s Tragedy

Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbaje died on October 18th 2018.

According to multiple reports, Ochanya had been molested, defiled, drugged and abused since she was 8-years by her 52-year-old uncle and his son. Her uncle is a knight of the catholic church and also a lecturer, while the son is a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.
Ochanya's Rapists - The uncle and his son

According to Vanguard, Ochanya said, “It all started in 2013 when I came to live with my mother’s sister in Ugbokolo because there was no school in my village.” “When I was 8 years old, the son started sleeping with me and when his sister caught him, she reported him to their father and the father scolded him. From there, the father also started sleeping with me.”

The constant rape, drugging and molestation seriously started destroying her physical and mental health at 12, the year she before she finally died. She fell very sick in June 2018.

The Founder of Restorer of PathCare Foundation, Evagelist Enewa Soo was the one who took Ochanya to the hospital where it was discovered that her health had been damaged from vaginal and anal rape, and she had contacted Vesico Vaginal Fistula and other heath conditions.

Justice for Ochanya!

Many Nigerians and other activists have joined the campaign #justiceforochanya on their various social media platforms and pages. Some street protests have also been held in Benue state, and other states like Lagos, Abuja, Benue and Delta states. The culprits must be brought to face justice!
justice for ochanya rape protest
Nigerians protesting...

Trade Union congress of Nigeria (TUC) has also demanded Justice for Ochanya. Part of their statement reads thus:
“Truth be told, the incidences of rape have continued because the country is not doing enough to curb it. The act in itself is bad, but worse when minors are the victim. To imagine the mental torture the deceased went through in itself should be a torture to sane minds, especially women.”

“One, however, wonders how these things happened under the roof of Mrs. Ogbaje without her knowledge: we suspect foul play here!”

“We want to cease this opportunity to condemn the “loud silence” of victims and relatives when a rape has taken place. If rape is a crime of aggression with the sole aim of having sexual intercourse without the consent of the other person then we must not keep quiet.”

“The shame and stigmatization of rape victims have been going on for long and it has not done the women folk any good. Statistics of incidences of rape cases available has shown that if the country (especially the lawmakers, security agencies, trade unions and non-governmental organizations) do nothing drastic, soon the magnitude will so increase that every home becomes a potential victim.”

“To have carnal knowledge of a little girl raped through the anus and vagina since she was eight is unimaginable and a crime against humanity, especially the womenfolk. We urge the judiciary and security agencies not to sweep this very case under the carpet.”

Over to Everybody…

say no to rape

To girls, we should all be very much aware of rape. Never be afraid to speak up if anyone threatens you with rape. Tell somebody trust-worthy about it. Don’t be quiet, expose every culprit and run away from rape. Anybody can be rapists, including family members and so-called ‘friends.’

To past victims of rape, don’t allow the stigma of rape to swallow you up. Report the culprit early enough. Don’t pity them. And most importantly, try to move on with your life, seek advice from counselors.

To the society, together we can put an end to rape in our country and the world at large. Be your brother’s/sister’s keeper. Watch out for your neighbors and friends. Support the movement against rape, and always report any suspicious culprit of rape.

To parents, please try as much as possible to have a good relationship with your girls. Talk to them, listen to them, and create enough time to discuss about their life. No girl deserves to be raped!

To the government, create and enforce extremely strict and drastic rules for anyone found guilty of rape. Let’s create a rape-free world.
Together we can put an end to rape!

We say NO to rape! Join us by sharing this post to your favorite social media page.

#NoToRape #JusticeForOchanya.

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