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Chimamanda Adichie: How I was sexually assaulted at age 17

A renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by a big man in the media in Lagos, Nigeria.

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The writer made this revelation during an address at the just concluded Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality.

While delivering the closing keynote address, Chimamanda explained how she had taken a book of poems she wrote to a “big man in the media” so he could support her in making the book go public.

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She added that instead of supporting her, he sexually assaulted her.

She said he was friendly at first and impressed that someone her age had written a book. But the man soon came to her, slipped his hand under her shirt and bra, then squeezed her breast.

"I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds", she said. Then, I pushed his hand away, but gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.

"Later that day, I broke into a rash on my chest, my neck, my face, as though my body were recoiling, as though my body were saying what my lips had not said.

"I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did. I felt as if I didn’t matter, as if my body existed merely as a thing to be done with as he wanted. Yet, I told no one about it. And I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he will help with my book."
 


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