Human Rights and Addressing the Impact of Sexual Injustices
Violation of basic rights of a human is one of the worst forms of injustice; which prevail human beings. There are many instances in life when human being face very nasty happeningsl based on their social status, or disproportionate incarceration of minorities. Perhaps of men of color; as well as the challenges experienced by those who have inadequacies in life. Such as the old or the physically challenged.
Most of those who suffer are usually in the cold. Not much of their suffering is usually discussed or shared. Thus they might suffer in silent for long before any help comes across. Many reasons; which makes them go silent is the facts that their may not be much help. Even after exposing all the nasty situations; which has been affecting their lives.
Nevertheless, we as humans know that these situations do happens. We know that somewhere in a certain place a person might be suffering innocently and may never speak out. By knowing all that, then it should be a wake-up call for us to appreciate human diversity; as well as understand how social identities could lead to oppression of human beings. This understanding should then help us towards working on social inclusions of discriminated individuals. Along with helping them to get acceptance in the society.
The psychological effects of rape to victims and human rights
However, I was a victim of rape back in 2004. The worst part of the ordeal is that it happened in the hands of the person who was supposed to take care of me; my school teacher. I was barely 12 by then and I had yet to become aware of matters; which pertain to sexuality. Therefore whatever happened that day was too painful; and really traumatized me. I was hospitalized for 5 days. I then underwent a surgery to help me recover.
The rape case was taken up by some volunteers from a women organization. But 6 years later; the case was inconclusive. As a matter of facts, it was thrown out of the court. This was because of the lack of enough evidence. We tried appealing. But that too never went through as we thought. Apparently, it appeared that the evidence had been greatly distorted; and flawed to make the case weak. This must have been done through bribery. Since I hailed from a poor family; there wasn’t much in there for me.
I had to give up
Maybe the ugliest thing about the whole ordeal was the fact that I had been greatly traumatized. I would have to deal with the experience for the rest of my life. There wasn’t much of professional counseling done to help me cope with what had happened. Since that day I have always heard nightmares of being attacked and raped; that sometimes I tend to think that I’m paranoid. I have developed a deep fear for men. Therefore, I always try to disassociate myself with them. Actually I feel that I can trust no man even my dad.
It is well known that being sexually abused as a child is a risk factor for many anxiety disorders; including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and bipolar affective disorder.
Journey to human rights and recovery from a rape ordeal
This negatively affected my life throughout college and even after finishing school. A period during which I completely distanced myself with men. Not many understand me. The reason is because they don’t know what I have been through. It was while I was working when I decided that enough was enough. I decided that it was time for me to see a psychologist who would help me to find myself.
The journey wasn’t and easier one to recover. It took me the next 3 years of attending hypnotherapy session; as well as psychological counseling; before I could truly appreciate myself and try to find a man to share my life with. Even these recovery sessions still didn’t help me to completely recover from the phobia and chills that I get. Especially by not being able to trust many men.
It is true that by getting justice for the rape ordeal that I had to undergo; didn’t mean that we can completely eradicate rape. Or any other injustice. However, by meeting the correct judgment for such an injustice; helps a victim to feel safe. Also, helps one to heal psychologically. That’s why it is essential for justice to always prevail. We need to realize that there are many cases of rape, defilement, sex trafficking etc.; which have never been addressed for so long. The victims just suffer in silence; because justice is never available. This needs to stop. We must all try to condemn these evils as a society.