I still remember the first time I came across this name. It was a Journalism practicals class and our teacher decided to show us this video about a rape victim. I expected a usual video where the victim’s face would be blurred; name changed and probably watch her weep all through. But what we actually watched was a strong woman; let me repeat, a strong woman and not a rape victim. Up until then I never thought a woman could be so open about her brutal past. Suzette Jordan, you changed the way I looked at problems in life.
A beautiful woman with curly hair, a nose ring, bangles and a million dollar smile, Suzette recollected her story very bravely. The audience was awestruck by her will power, but as a woman myself, I could imagine how much courage she would have needed to do so. And this is exactly why I admire her so much. I also happened to read an article written by her friend and I realized she was just like me or my friends. She was a brave person who also had her moments and meltdowns. But did the society really treat her like a normal woman? Nobody looked at me with a disgusted face. But they did look at her like that. Nobody threw me out of a restaurant. But they did throw her out. No political party accused me of making false stories and humiliated me on a national platform. But they did the same to her. Why? Because she was raped!
Today, I feel sad you are no more among us. But as a woman and as a person who belongs to this ‘society’, I want to say sorry to you. Sorry that you had to go through so much in life. Sorry that people never respected you for your courage. I am sorry Suzette that you were born into a society that still blames a woman if she was raped. And thank you, for empowering us women in whatever ways you did. You will always remain in our hearts as that brave woman who fought for herself and in turn fought for us women!