Of all crimes committed against a person, rape is one that leaves a person feeling the most violated. Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola-Salako, shared with Yomi and Titi in an exclusive interview on #WakeUpNigeria, how she was rapped as a teenager and its effect on her first marriage.

She started by revealing that her rapist was her tenant, and the incident made her frigid;

I was deflowered by a rapist, he was my tenant and for a long time I bottled it up without telling anybody, which affected me and my first marriage because I was frigid.” 

She further explained that she realised she needed help and someone to talk to which led her to see a psychiatrist, who helped her get through the psychological effect of the incident. Foluke who is also the founder of  ‘passion against rape foundation’, disclosed that seeing a psychiatrist really helped her realise there is a need to help others, and this led to the launch of her foundation.

She stated;

I started sharing my story, I had an interview with The Punch and a documentary from France, and the white guy from France asked if i had a foundation. I realised the need to help other victims who are feeling bottled up, that’s how I started the foundation.”

In conclusion she advised other rape victims to speak out as that will result to less of such incidences. she ended by saying;
 There is a need for you to speak out if you have been a victim, because its not your fault that you were raped and being a victim is not a curse.You have to understand and learn how to accept that it happened and move past it.
Speak out! Being a rape victim is not the end of the world.