I Looked at a Rapist in the Mirror and Saw Him Smiling Back


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The first time I was sexually assaulted I must have been 9 or 10 years old.

I was violated by two family friends who were brothers and who would have been about 14 and 15.

Or maybe that was the second time.

The first time might have been by an older female cousin around the same time. She pressured me to go into a closet and make out with her. I think we may have done more, but I don’t like to think about that.

I didn’t object to any of these interactions. I was too young for that to matter, of course, but it was difficult for me to make sense of the fact that I consented without having the agency to do so, thus I had a hard time using the words “sexual assault” to describe what…

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2015 Presidential Elections: 8 days left – Who would you vote for right now – GEJ or GMB?


buhari and jonathanThe all-important 2015 elections is now barely a week away. The elections were supposed to have been conducted last month but the authorities shifted them by six weeks. With the elections very much afoot, Nigerians and members of the international community may not wait much longer before knowing who would be given the responsibility of presiding over the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

The front-line contenders for Nigeria’s foremost seat of power need no introduction. They and their agents have been trotting the lengths and breadth of the country, selling their candidatures to the electorate. Both of them, being President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) of the APC, have made it explicitly clear that they do not see themselves losing at the poll.

When asked during an interview with the AFP news agency whether he would be sports-manly enough if the election…

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