Why Twitter User, Abena Yalley Thinks Rape Is About Power

Last month, the Lagos state police command arrested 27-year-old Alowale Salu who ambushed and used a gun to forcefully rape a young woman in their area in Ojumoye, Ikorodu.

Parading the suspect before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said Salu confessed to raping the victim and tried to justify his action.

According to Salu, pictured below, he had approached the lady on many occasions and she rejected his advances. Feeling humiliated and embarrassed, Salu vowed he was going to rape her so as to get back his respect. He confessed:

“On the day the incident happened, I went to one of my friends, Bayo, borrowed a gun and ambushed the victim on the road at night. I made her to surrender, forcefully penetrated her and collected her phone before I allowed her to go.”

Salu blamed the whole thing on the young lady saying if she had accepted in the first instance, that there would have been no need to obtain sex from her with a gun.

The story, however generated a conversation online. A twitter user, Abena Yalley who commented on this, noted that rape has always been about power as she shared her own experience.

Read her story below…

”Why rape is about POWER! Years ago, we used to live in an apartment with this man. He repeatedly asked me out but I had zero interest so I repeatedly turned him down and even telling my mom to warn him off.

In 2019, we start meeting up at the gym and he comment about how disappointed he was when I rejected his advances etc AND THEN he straight up told me that HE SHOULD HAVE RAPED ME and I would have agreed to date him because of shame! Wow, it felt so surreal listening to this guy talking about rape so casually.

I asked him whether he done this before and he shrugged with a smirk. That was when it hit me that rapists thrive and feed on the shame of the victim! This is a supposedly ‘well respected’ man in society who sits at the front row in church! Is supposed to be happily married and a role model for young people (I spit on that).

I see one of his kids here slandering women all the time. So that @eketiette rape story, I know it too well because I could have been a victim. Take that Shame power from rapists and report them.”

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