Veteran Nollywood actress Rita Edochie, revealed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.
Speaking at a seminar to end violence against children, Rita called on parents to communicate well with their children.
She told NAN how that she was sexually violated those many years ago by a family friend.
Read her story…
“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 boy used some diabolic means and sexually violated me; when I could not see my period, I refused to tell my mother, because she was very strict.
“I love sharing my experience because at the end of the day I succeeded; If I had not succeed, I would not have been able to be saying it,” Edochie said.
Rita was about seven months gone when her mother noticed the pregnancy. Her mother was shocked. Apparently, she had thought that by being strict, such could never happen to her daughter.
“My mother asked how it happened and I told her everything; my brother picked a knife and wanted to kill me, but my mother stopped him.
“It happened that the mother of the boy that violated me was my mother’s friend; the boy’s mother was surprised but the boy denied.
“My mother took me to hospital to abort the pregnancy with a plan of taking me to my grandmother’s place 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 then aborted the planned abortion; I feel it was God that spoke through me.
“My mother then took care of the baby while I went to school; if not for my mother I would not be where I am today.’’
“Parents should always listen to their children’s complaints on happenings both in and outside the home.’
Very well said ma’am… Very well said!