Marches to denounce violence against women are multiplying. Victims often take a long time before breaking the silence.
There was the case of Amina Filali, a young woman of 15 years of age, a native of Larache, who had committed suicide in March after being forcibly married to her rapist. Her story had moved national and international public opinion and shook civil society. There are all the other Aminas, who live, have lived, dramas undoubtedly less mediatized, but which reveal violence against women in all its forms.
At SOS Annajda in Rabat, the listening and counseling center for women victims of violence is the voice of Naciba Benchekroun who consoles and offers protection to these easy prey. “We’re doing everything we can to build confidence. These women come to our premises to forget, to overcome the sufferings and with the hope of finally raising their heads. In addition to listening, we assist them legally, “says this young activist.
Every day, Naciba receives about ten women lost and traumatized by the ordeal endured. Among them, Saïda who wished to remain anonymous to protect herself, who feels fragile, without the least protection after an excess of self-confidence and its environment. At 37, this woman is already bruised. For her, violence is not a word, but a reality lived in her flesh. “My husband beat me for 16 years. Do you realize what 16 years of torture represent? At first, it started with insults, broken objects, nervous attacks … Then I got my first slap for no reason. In short, he denigrated me and struck me for a yes or a no, “Saida said in a tired throat, her eyes blurred. That day, this woman had a fractured nose … one of the many cases of conjugal assault on which the association takes a stand. It is a cell responsible for welcoming abused women who advised her to contact SOS Annajda.
Saida acknowledges having resigned herself too long before revolting? “I was submissive. I was afraid for my children, “she says. Saïda nevertheless ended by breaking the rule of silence and took her case to justice.