Please donate at http://GoFundMe.com/sugabellyfund
Sugabelly is a young Nigerian woman, illustrator, and blogger, whose horrific gang rape occured eight years ago in Abuja, the full details of which you can read in her account here -
Although she initially never reported or pursued legal action due to fear of her attackers’ parents as they were powerful and influential public figures who held sway over the police and some armed forces, recently, her ordeal has attracted national attention, and various professionals and organizations are exploring what if any legal options exist.
Since speaking up about her rape, she has become the target of a media smear campaign by her rapists, and endured relentless slut shaming and cyber bullying.
Concerned individuals have set up a Change org petition to the Attorney General of Nigeria to step in and do something to end the silencing and shaming of rape victims in Nigeria - https://www.change.org/p/ministry-of-justice-nigeria-commissioner-of-police-abuja-nigeria-minister-of-justice-nigeria-justice-for-sugabelly-stop-the-culture-of-rape-and-silence-in-nigeria
As a result of talking about her experience, a national dialogue has begun in Nigeria among women who are also speaking up about similar experiences that they have faced with sexual violence.
One really great development is that thanks to http://twitter.com/khaleesinu Nigerian women have a safe digital space to anonymously share their stories of sexual abuse - http://youareneveraloneng.tumblr.com
Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this.
The effect of all of this on my life has been incredibly traumatic, and interferes daily with my ability to live normally, interact with people, and have a well-adjusted, healthy life.
I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, severe clinical depression, as well as anxiety disorder which often leaves me a prisoner in my home as I am sometimes unable to come outside the door for months at a time.
This has been my reality for the past eight years, and I have decided to take advantage of the new year and all the hope that comes with it to make the massive effort required to conquer the horrible events that have haunted me.
With your help, I would like to put the trauma that has held me hostage behind me once and for all.
This GoFundMe effort is to help with the cost of sustained mental health care, and psychotherapy, as well as any potential legal costs that may arise.
Thank you for your generosity, and support, and for all the love and kindness in the form of messages of encouragement that I have received from so many people.
Lotanna ( aka Sugabelly )