I was raped, impregnated at a young age by a family friend – Rita Edochie



Popular Nollywood actress, Mrs Rita Edochie
said she was a victim of sexual abuse many
years ago and called on parents to regularly
communicate with their children.
Edochie revealed this in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in
Abuja.
Edochie, who was a guest at a seminar to end
violence against children, told NAN that she was
sexually violated at a young age by a family
friend.
“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
refuse 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.
She explained that the pregnancy was about
seven months before her mother noticed it.
Edochie added that her mother was shocked at
the pregnancy because she thought her being
strict would not allow such a thing to happen.
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 planned 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.
According to the actress, “my mother took care
of the baby while I went to school; if not for my
mother I would not be where I am today.’’
The veteran actress called on parents to
communicate regularly with their children and
make them their best friends.
“Parents should always listen to their children’s
complaints on happenings both in and outside
the home.’’ (NAN)

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