Why I Didn't Report?

Posted December 3, 2019 from Cameroon
Why I Didn't Report ?
End Gender Based Violence Painted Poetry by Abunaw Olive

Painted Poetry by Abunaw Olive , narrated as I and Arts by Gobina Boris  #Cameroon

#EndGenderBasedViolence #Day9 #16DaysOfActivism  #GenerationEqualityStandsAgainstRape #orangetheworld #spreadtheword

Why I Didn't Report?

You're going to find some words of defensiveness It would have all stopped with just a sentence But instead I fell for silence  Where all the reasons enough ? I mean the reasons why I did not report? It left me acting like they were sufficient and that I was being tough .

It was my dad Who used to call me young lad Work hard and tomorrow you'll be proud I thought wife meant , the woman who makes you glad What went wrong?  Now I'm alone...mum breathes no more  And you're on the run .

It all began like it was normal Then it became abnormal It all began like it gave me space to escape and flee when mum and dad start their fight Then...it began to give me fright  And then...it became my family's plight The only time we experienced peace...was at midnight

Mum is either slapped because she never dressed to dad's taste Or because his toothbrush was without paste Yes for every foolish reason...dad visited mum with his fists like someone he hates How can I report , I could not bare to feel ashamed amongst my classmates 

That's my story... It has no glory... But I'm done with keeping this worry I see it manifesting in other families and I feel sorry  It's time for my silence to be buried

Who's ready to join me But before we do so in a hurry Let's stop and give a moment of silence To the number of women who have like my late mother suffered in silence Let's give a moment of silence to all the women who have been sexually or otherwise abused To the ones still hiding To the ones who came forward To the ones still living

A moment of silence to anyone who's dealing with a similar abuse To family members of persons being abused and protecting their accused 

A moment of silence to people who know people suffering awfully under gender based violence and keeping quiet For their conscience and souls must be dead

Enough is enough Time to be tough Time to report without delay The violence ends today .


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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Hello, Abuna Olive,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful artworks with us, your painting and poetry. We stand with all women who suffer from violence every second, every minute, every hour, and every day. We stand with you.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Hi Olive,

How are you doing, dear? I'm sorry you had to experience this. I love your painting, too. What is the meaning behind it, dear? Thanks for sharing your sad, but very powerful poem and plea for solidarity. I agree:-)

Hope you're doing well and having a good week!


Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Dear Abuna,
Yes time to act is now. No more delays. Sorry for your experience. I stand with you and any other woman experiencing it.
Take care of yourself.

Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Hi Abuna,beautiful piece,#Togetherwespeak and stand with all women who are victims of violence. Thanks for shearing

Beth Lacey
Dec 05, 2019
Dec 05, 2019

Very powerful

Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thanks for sharing beautiful painting.. I think in one moment in life we are all in silence.. but that is just a moment. So keep up with rising your voice !
With love

Dec 22, 2019
Dec 22, 2019

Hi Abuna Olive,
Hope you doing fine. Thank you for sharing your sad poetry :-( .

Have a nice day dear!

Hello Abunaw, thank you so much for your write up. i felt your pain and the pain of every person that i have come across that has been sexually violated. Your story is inspiring.
lets cultivate the culture of SPEAKING OUT. Lets help our mothers, daughters, sisters.
Thank you so much. lots of hugs

Thelma obani 2020
Jun 15
Jun 15

Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful painting