Disclaimer: Post may be disjointed. Try and make as much sense of it as you can.
A few days ago, there was a story on a 17 year old girl who was murdered by some men because she refused their advances.
I decided to not read the post but then I changed my mind and read it.
Since I read it, I’ve been thinking.
[One of] every woman’s greatest fear is rape. In what world is it acceptable to murder a child because she refused your sexual advances.
According to the post, which you can read here, the girl wasn’t raped at all.
I turned 17 about 3 months ago and believe me I know what it’s like to be afraid to go to certain places because one man or some men would be there. I understand what it’s like to have strange men grope you and yell disgusting and improper things at you.
I know what it feels like to be afraid of someone violating you.
I was wondering about all the advances and words I have ignored from men and I was thinking about these men. If they had gotten angry enough because of my “pride” or “lack of respect” or “rudeness”, could that girl have been me. Could it have been one of my friends. Someone I know.
You know what I’m tired of? I’m tired of people telling me to stop exaggerating and blowing things out of proportion. I’m tired of having to walk down streets with my earphones in, volume on the highest and head bowed. I’m tired of people not doing anything until someone dies.
I’m pretty sure people in her neighbourhood would have noticed that some men used to bother her but no one did or said anything.
She probably reported the men but she was ignored.
There are many stories like this everyday. How many will get blog posts. How many will get hashtags.
Do something. Whatever you can.
My sister is almost 15. I have a 4 year old cousin. I don’t want them to be afraid of doing things because some perverted man/men would be around.
We can’t grow when there is so much fear
Grace and Peace