Typical West Indian Woman

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A typical West Indian female is vain, empty headed, garrulous, morally loose and sexual promiscuous. She is often categorized as a “gold digger” who enjoys only the material things in life” How valid is this comment? I have to admit that the statement made has some truth to it but to some extent it does not give credit to the hardships that some women have experienced in Trinidad and Tobago. I am about to share my life story and this would prove that the statement made does not validate all women and that I am far from the “typical West Indian woman”. My name is Onika Martin- Duke, I am 32 years of age and believe me when I say I came a long way in life. I am the first of nine children. My mother now deceased loved children so being pregnant every nine months was a joy to her but providing for them was another issue. We were poor living in a two room wooden house. Most of us slept on the floor. I did not have much of a childhood since I had to take care of my younger brothers and sisters. It was a bit frustrating at times, seeing my friends playing and doing all the normal things a child would do, while I was given the role of substitute mother when ever my mother decided that she had had enough. I eventually ran away from home at age 13 and stayed with a friend but life was different living on my own. My appearance was some what older than my age so it was easy to manipulate others. I eventually began having sexual intercourse with an older guy and that is where the trouble started. One night I was in the company of some young people hanging out in Port of Spain. As we were walking close to the Drag Mall on Frederick St. a guy who I did not know called out to me. I was so carefree and trusting at the time that I did not think twice and I walked over to him. He told me that he wanted to show me something so I went inside the mall with him. He then pulled

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