Actress Nyasuguta opens up on surviving recent rape attempt

NYASUGUTA [PHOTO/COURTESY]

Just a day after women in Kibarani, Mombasa, took to the streets to protest against increased cases of gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, former Vitimbi actress Nyasuguta, who was on February 3 attacked by four men at the Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum, has revealed that she survived a rape attempt in the ugly ordeal.

The protesting women in Mombasa cited the case of a 23-year-old woman from Kibarani whose legs were crushed by a train, and consequently severed from the rest of her body, following a horrific rape ordeal that she went through in the hands of a callous two-member gang.

Nyasuguta, who has expressed interest to run for Embakasi South Parliamentary seat in August 8 poll, said with her, she survived a rape attempt when four men armed with crude weapons cornered and badly beat her up, before one attempted to undress her so that he could sexually assault her.

She, accompanied by her brother, had just stepped out of a taxi – to go meet up with a group of women in Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum – when the incident happened.

Nyasuguta said one of the four men, who was keeping watch, is the one who stopped her aggressor from furthering his rape intention.

“One of the men pushed and pinned me to the ground and attempted to undress me in a bid to rape me. It was terrible. I tried scratching him on the face. He got angry and landed blows on my cheeks. I bit him, he bit back. One of the four men who was keeping watch, warned my aggressor against raping me. At that time, I had blood on my face neck and private parts. My aggressor then withdrew after three of his colleagues pulled him away from me. They took off thereafter. That experience was traumatic!” Nyasuguta told EDAILY.

Nyasuguta reported the matter to Industrial Area police station. The four men are yet to be apprehended.

“Several days after healing from the attack, I sat down with boys from Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum and made them understand the trauma I went through. I told them that I am a mother, a sister. I pleaded with them to refrain from perpetrating gender-based violence.”

Nyasuguta says that experience, and another when she was younger – seeing her father beat up her mother –, have made her develop a negative attitude toward relationships and men.

“Dad at some point left my mum. I have been brought up near-solely by my mother,” she said.

“Watching my mother being beaten by my dad provoked fear for marriage in me. That explains why I want to be single forever. I used to feel very bad watching my mum receive slaps, kicks and blows. That affected me as a child. It also made me have a negative perception about men,” she added.

 

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