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Should I Tell My Mum?

By Daily Graphic
Dear Auntie Betty, I am a girl of 14 and in SSS One. I live with my mum who is very strict. Recently, a boy in my area proposed to me, but I refused.

Since then, he has been pestering me to accept his proposal. What bothers me most is that he has threatened to rape me if I do not accept his proposal.

I want to tell my mum, but I am afraid she will beat me. What should I do?

Worried Girl,
Kaneshie, Accra.

Dear Worried Girl, I'm glad you have the courage to tell your mum. By all means go ahead and inform her. She will not beat you.

She will rather be glad that you are able to trust and confide in her. I believe the boy has realised that you haven't told your mum or any adult yet and that encourages him to be persistent.

Don't wait before it becomes too late. Tell your mother now, and I'm sure she will do everything possible to protect you.

Meanwhile, make sure you are not alone at home or walk about in the night without any company.