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When innocence is murdered

30 July 2012, 10:53

This is taking a break from discussing the many failures of our government to discussing the failures of us as humans.

Young Adaora (not real name) was just 12 years old when she began running errands for her new neighbor, Mr. Rasheed who was 52 years old and old enough to be her grandfather.

Almost everyday as she returned from school, Rasheed would ask her to help him buy one thing or the other. She kept doing that for months and soon established a form of father-daughter bond with him. Even Adaora’s mother got to trust their friendly neighbor and would allow her daughter to help him out when he needed it.

Unknown to the mother and daughter, Rasheed had left his previous home after everyone in the area got to know of his penchant for little girls. He was a pedophile.

While Adaora helped him out innocently, Rasheed was bidding his time and salivating over her young, inexperienced and innocent body.

The chance came for the old man to fulfill his evil wishes when Adaora returned from school and was alone in the compound with Rasheed.

He called her into his room and she went fearlessly for that was not her first time of being there - only she didn’t know that what was about to happen would be the first of many to come.

He led her into the confines of his room and proceeded to introduce the little one to a life of sexual escapades.

She cried out but no one was there to help her. She cried until the tears refused to flow and then she abandoned her young body to the monstrous hunger of old man Rasheed.

When he was done with satisfying his unusual urge, he cleaned Adaora up and threatened to kill her if she said a word of the encounter to anyone. She went quietly to her parent’s apartment and kept mum.

That incident marked the beginning of a daily sexual brutality on this small girl.

It lasted one year before Adaora had the nerve to voice it. Rasheed denied it all and by midnight while everyone slept, he packed his bag and moved base. No one ever saw him again.

This is just one out of many cases of children being sexually abused by adults. It has become a daily occurrence as the newspapers are filled with them. Sadly, most of these people go unpunished.

I bet you have heard of the man who sexually abused his little girl of 5 and went on to the one who was 2 years old. The 2 year old eventually died while the older one ended up with Gonorrhea.

Are these perpetrators human beings or aliens in human form? What joy is there to be derived from sexually molesting and hurting a child?

It breaks the heart to see how most of these abused little girls and sometimes boys end up scarred their entire lives. Some of them even mete out the same to little children in their adulthood.

Where have we failed? Are we too busy working or doing certain things that we neglect our children? Are we so trustworthy of people that we cannot see signs when danger comes knocking?

There comes a time in life you’ve got to quit trusting so much. Mothers, fathers and guardians should begin to educate their children on how to keep a safe distance from people.

The ability to listen when your child talks and believe them is essential. If a child knows that his parents wouldn’t listen let alone believe anything he has to say; he’ll probably keep it to himself.

The world is fast becoming a jungle where the fittest survive; so it is our duty as adults to arm our young ones with the necessary advice and wisdom they need to come out of it all victorious.

There is also the need to put God first and back all the efforts with prayers to achieve the very best.

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