Anyika Onuora: I have been brutally se*ually assaulted
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Anyika Onuora could make many cry with her autobiography in which she talks about sexual and racist abuse.. In the book: My Hidden Race she revealed many details from her private life, and it was not easy for her to grow up.
"From a young age, I was taught that life wasn’t fair. For years my parents had dealt with racism. Their sacrifices eventually provided me with the platform and opportunities to run on the greatest athletics tracks in the world.
But I have experienced things as a British athlete that haunt me during the day and the night. No matter how hard I try, I will never be able to outrun the demons in my mind."- she wrote, as quoted by mirror.
Racist insults were commonplace and she could not cope with it.
"I have been brutally se*ually assaulted, experienced frequent racial abuse and attempted suicide twice. All while competing for my country. My parents are from Nigeria and from our first day on the street in the suburb of Dingle, Liverpool, I could feel vicious hatred from a local gang of kids: the Onuora family were not welcome at all.
We were used to being the only black faces in a world of white ones but we had never experienced such naked hatred to our faces. We left the house for only two reasons; to go to school or to church. The racist insults of those years have never left me."
"The word “n*****” was spat at me countless times.
The front of the house became a no-go zone, due to the front window being shattered most nights by bricks. Every Sunday, just as the minister in leafy Mossley Hill was giving his sermon, our house would either be attacked or burgled by the gang.
It became a horrifying routine."
In addition to racist abuse, she was also sexually abused, but you can read more about this in the book. The goal is for people to understand the importance of this book, and to point out the importance of these issues.
"I never told anyone in British Athletics about the assaults or racism I endured. I have spent many nights wondering why not. The answer is that I never felt there was someone who would understand what I had gone through. The vast majority of the support staff were white and none had experienced racial discrimination.
I tell this story now in the hope that it gives other female athletes who have been degraded and damaged the courage to reach out and speak up."