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Kalo Sokoto is a Counseling Supervisor with CVT’s healing initiative in Nairobi, Kenya.
I have an experience which, even after months, I cannot seem to shed from my memory.
As a counseling supervisor with the Center for Victims of Torture in Nairobi, part of my job is to train staff at organizations that work with refugee survivors of torture and violent conflict. During one of these trainings, an expatriate female resettlement officer asked us if we could speak more on rape. She said that most refugee women who have been survivors of rape and later get resettled did not show the need for counseling and that perhaps this was because rape had become so normal to them that they are okay moving on with life.
I’ll get straight to the point. Rape is not normal. It can never be normal. Rape is in fact abnormal in every nature of the word. Continue reading