Popular Nigerian actress Eniola Badmus has waded into the topical rape debate by recounting how she was almost raped while she was still in the secondary school.
Badmus, who was speaking in a recent interview noted that women face issues bordering on sexual harassment almost on a daily basis.
Narrating her own story, she said, “Firstly, whether people are saying the truth or not, 95 percent of females are sexually harassed on a daily basis. Because there hasn’t been stiff punishment over the years, this act has continued to linger from one generation to the other,”
“As a young girl, a lot of things happened to me and I’ve also seen a lot of things. I grew up in a polygamous home and a lot of people lived with us. When I was in my final year in secondary school, I was almost raped. It was a very close shave. I was saved by a guy called Michael Akinyemi.
“I don’t know where he is now but I can’t forget him. He was injured in the process but he saved me. I was practically five minutes away from being raped. I didn’t report then because of the stigmatization.
“The experience was really bad because my assaulter was bent on raping me, hence we struggled so much. I still remember the guy’s name but I would leave it out.”
Nigeria has been in the spotlight in recent times because of the increasing rate of rape and rape-associated injuries and death.