Ify thought she had met the man of her dreams online. After a series of chats, it was time to meet in person. But when he showed up, he was far from who she thought he was.
In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, the actions carried out by a victim can be very instrumental in bringing a perpetrator to justice. While it’s natural to want to remove all signs of the attack that occurred, taking care to preserve all possible evidence will make it more likely that, if you do decide to file a report and press charges, justice can be served.
The truth is that most victims find it difficult to show incredible courage in the face of overwhelming danger. And that is completely understandable. They might feel frightened, confused, or ashamed, and may not wish to subject themselves to the invasive nature of the reporting to the authorities or the evidence collection process.
It is our hope that this video educates us and gives someone out there the courage to do the right thing. Let’s end this cycle of pain and shame, together.
This short film was produced by Next Page Productions with support from UNFPA Nigeria.