Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie who was a guest at a seminar to end violence against children, yesterday in Abuja, told NAN that she was sexually violated at a young age by a family friend. Her words: “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.” The pregnancy was about seven months before my mother noticed it. She was shocked because she thought her being strict would not allow such a thing to happen.
She 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 surprise 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 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 took care of the baby while I went to school; if not for my mother I would not be where I am today.’’She 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,” she added