Claire Wambui opens up about how she was defiled and abused severally by 2 neighborhood men who were well known to her parents For 2 years. She was between 8 and 9 years old and in lower primary.
He was a neighbor, around age 25 who Claire’s mum entrusted the house key to. She would leave school early and go collect the keys from him. But the neighbor would hid the keys in his bedroom to trick her to get in. Naive Claire would get in and he would take advantage of her.
Unfortunately, there was no one in the compound to rescue her and her threatened her not to tell anyone. To the 8 year old the threats of killing her and her family seemed practical so she was silenced. This went on someone’s daily or several days a week for 2 years.
Another was a family friend and the ‘Shamba Boy’s where Claire would be sent to go buy cow milk. She had to get milk after 6pm and he would hide their milk container in his room to trick her to get in. When she innocently obliged he would force himself on her over and over. Notably, his room was away from his employers house, so again no one heard her cries.
Sometimes she would experience both defilements on the same day. On one such day Claire felt it was too much and disclosed her ordeal to her mum, her closest confidant but this fell on deaf ears. Instead of her mother protecting her she didn’t believe her and beat her up. This broke her heart and discouraged her from sharing the ordeal with any one else. She felt that no one else would believe her.
Claire only found relief after her parents transferred her to a different primary School which was further away. So now she didn’t have to go collect keys from her abusive neighbor or go buy milk.
She kept the abuse a secret for 25 years and only decided to speak out recently through Facebook.
Claire confesses that what hurt her the most to date was the fact that her mother didn’t believe her and didn’t protect her. She also suspects that the neighbor also assaulted other girls in her area.