NOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY GIST: There are lots of secret stories about our celebrities and some of them love to share their past experience for others to learn. In that light, Veteran Nollywood Actress Rita Edochie has revealed she was a victim of sexual abuse when she was in primary six.
She was a guest at a seminar on End Violence Against Children, which was held in Abuja yesterday May 25. She revealed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she was raped at a young age, by the son of her mother’s friend.
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This were her words in quote:
“I was a victim of sexual abuse, that was when i was in primary six. I was going to the hospital and somebody called me. The guy used diabolic means and sexually violated me. When i could not see my period, i refused to tell my mother because she was very strict.
My mother found out when i was 7 months pregnant. She asked me how it happened and i told her everything. My brother picked a knife and wanted to kill me but my mother stopped him.”
The sister In-law of Pete Edochie continued her story by saying:
“It happened that the mother of the boy that violated me was my mother’s friend but the boy denied.
My mother took me to the hospital to abort the pregnancy, with a plan of taking me to my grandmother’s at Ogede, to stay for one week before returning home. I told her i may lose my life in the process and because she loved me, she aborted the planned abortion. I feel it was God that spoke through me.
When the baby was born, my mother took care of the child while i went back to school. If not for my mother, i would not be where i am today.”
The Veteran actress further said:
“Parents should always listen to their children’s complaints on happenings both in and outside home.
I love sharing my experience because at the end of the day, i succeeded. If i had not succeeded, i would not have been able to say it. Say no to Child Abuse, say no to Sexual Abuse.”
The high rate of sexual abuse is becoming a menace in the society. What are your thoughts on the issue of Child and Sexual Abuse?
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