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Raped by my aunt’s husband

Life Realities - January 25, 2021

Tolu Oyetoki

“Uncle this is a dangerous bush path, these kidnappers can surround us and whisk us away”, but he ignored my fears, held me firmly and kissed me. His hand reached for my breast and he started behaving like a mad man.

I started living with my aunt since I was six years. Since her marriage of three years didn’t yield any fruit she asked that I join them for a company. I gladly accepted the offer because I was fond of my aunt.

I enjoyed living with the family as her husband treated me like their daughter. There was never a day he came back from work without bringing me candies and ice crème. Sometimes, I sleep in their room some times until my aunt I gained admission into secondary school and went to burden school.

Soon, I attained the age of sixteen then in my SSS2, pretty, well fed and admired by even my female teachers. We closed for school on this fateful day and I was on the way to Prep class when one of our students told me that my father was at the gate looking for me. They see my aunt’s husband as my father because he was damn too nice.

For the first time in my life, receiving the information that he wants to see me, I was scared; I cannot explain what scared me. I went to meet him. “Baby girl, you will follow me to see a friend who’s wife put to bed.” I smartly asked, “why are you not going with aunty Ayo?” and he replied that its late and that she was not feeling too well aside that she doesn’t like late night outings. He asked me to go put on a better dress and I rushed to the hostel to change.

“Uncle, please stop, this is not good, I am like your daughter,” but he didn’t even seem to hear what I was saying. In no time, he over powered me and his fingers reached for my vagina and I lost control. He released the car seat adjuster and entered into me as I groan in pain. He satisfied himself and I saw, on his face some level of satisfaction

As soon as I came back, he drove off as fast as he could. When I noticed that he drove past the main road and veered into a lonely road. I asked what he was going to do in the bush, he replied that the place is a new extension not far from the main road. After about fifteen minutes into the bush, he stopped the car. I have been scared of the bush path, so I asked “Uncle, what’s happening, I am scared, this place is too lonely” and he quietly replied, “The car has small problem, I will fix it now.” He stepped down and came to my side of the car. He stood motionless for a while; I guess he was pondering on the consequences of his intentions. Then like a man possessed by a spirit, he opened the passenger door where I sat and sat on same sit with me. He wound his hands round me and thrust his neck forward to kiss me. The fear of that lonely bush path engulfed me and I told him, “Uncle this is a dangerous bush path, these kidnappers can surround us and whisk us away”, but he ignored my fears, held me firmly and kissed me. His hand reached for my breast and he started behaving like a mad man. “Uncle, please stop, this is not good, I am like your daughter,” but he didn’t even seem to hear what I was saying. In no time, he over powered me and his fingers reached for my vagina and I lost control. He released the car seat adjuster and entered into me as I groan in pain. He satisfied himself and I saw, on his face some level of satisfaction  and then I threatened, “I will tell my aunt about this so that if I am pregnant she would know you did it.” To my utmost surprise, he replied, “Tell her, as long as you are pregnant, I will just divorce her and bring you in as a replacement. I have faithfully waited for so long, she couldn’t give me a child. If you are pregnant, I will thank God, I am getting old, I need a child of mine.”

As he drove back to drop me in school, his counter threat ringed in my memory, “I will just divorce her and bring you in as a replacement.” “How will I be the reason this happy home will scatter?” I said to myself that telling my aunt will lead to a serious crises and I don’t want such, so I decided to keep quiet about my ordeal.

When it’s vacation time, they both came to pick me in school. For the first time, I asked to be allowed to go on vacation to my mummy but my aunt rejected the idea. She asked her husband but  he too turned it down and we all went back home. Anytime I see them together, I pretend like it was before, but when I am at home alone with him, I give him some attitude and at tikes stay in my room. Twice during my aunt’s outing to work, he did it again to me. Once he walked naked into my room after closing the main door. The other time, I was washing plates in the kitchen when he grabbed me from the back.”

When much later, I noticed changes in my system, I began to feel feverish and vomiting. My aunt noticed and took me to the hospital and the family doctor confirmed that I was pregnant. My aunt agrily asked, “Tomilayo, who impregnated you?” With tears on my face, I told her that I was raped by unknown persons when I went to buy ‘Moin moin’ at secretariat junction. I lied to her to save her marriage. When her husband came, she roared like a lion, “Honey, Tomilayo has finished me, she is pregnant, what would I tell her mother.” Her husband asked stupidly “who impregnated her?” “Sad enough, she said she was raped and she does not know the criminals that did it. Haa, I never thought that as sharp as she is, she would not be able to identify those criminals so that we can take them to court.,” Then my aunt told the doctor, “please, abortion will save my face, lets do it for her,” but her husband hurriedly replied, “what evil is that? When we have been looking for a child, now we have an opportunity to adopt, we want to throw it away?” In anger, I wanted to rise from my sitting position but my aunt shouted me down, “you sit down there, you shamed me. What will I tell your mother?” She turned to her husband, “You cannot be more desperate than I am for a child but this is not the way to have a child. Once Tomi gives birth she will be seen as after one. Who will willingly marry her with a child? What about her education?” Something was telling me to cut the crab and tell my auntie what happened and when but the fear of breaking the home was more paramount in my mind.

“Tomilayo, who impregnated you?” With tears on my face, I told her that I was raped by unknown persons when I went to buy ‘Moin moin’ at secretariat junction. I lied to her to save her marriage. When her husband came, she roared like a lion, “Honey, Tomilayo has finished me, she is pregnant, what would I tell her mother.”

After a while, their doctor asked if we all can keep the secret by taking me out of the country to deliver the baby under the guise of foreign studies and they both accepted the idea. There and then, my Aunt called my mum and said, “Sister mi, we have an urgent need at hand, Tomilayo is traveling out to Britain for further studies, we just got the information now and the opportunity almost slipped past our hands, so she would travel almost immediately, she would come to Nigeria in two years time to see us but will call from there regularly to say hello.” My mum answered, “Thank God, whatever becomes of her from you is accepted. I gave her to you, life and dead.” My mum spoke with me and though I was not happy, I see the enthusiasm in her that her daughter will be going to Britain for studies.

Getting to Britain with my aunt, we stayed in a friend’s house and she begged me to keep secrets secret as she doesn’t want to lose her husband if she rejects the idea of adopting my pregnancy and child.

I called Nigeria regularly to say hi to my mother but I made it so fast to avoid her knowing anything from asking any question. After I put to bed, my aunt came to see me in London and went back with my baby. She announced to everyone that she adopted a baby from a London hospital and she took good care of the baby.

Three years later, she was preparing to come for my graduation with her husband as they intended coming with my mum but on their ways to Lagos, the car had a fatal accident and she died. Cutting the story short, I ended up marrying my aunt’s husband.

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