Nigerian actress, Iyabo Ojo has said she was raped five times in the past with her first experience occurring when she was 14.
She made this disclosure in a latest episode of her YouTube series tagged ‘Bare it all with I.Y‘.
The thespian revealed that she was first raped by a non-family member whilst staying with her aunt before experiencing the second sexual assault shortly after — causing her to run away from home.
The Nollywood actress also divulged that she could not talk about it at the time because it was “taboo” informing people how one got raped.
“Like I said, yes I have been raped before. Not once but five times. And trust me when I say it wasn’t easy. The first time I was raped, I was 14. It happened at my aunty’s house (not a family member). I didn’t want to talk about it because it was taboo to talk about it. I felt I would be blamed for everything that happened,” she said.
Ojo also disclosed that she was raped the third time by a neighbour, who happened to be a friend to Emmanuel, her first lover during that period.
She aid she was almost 18 at the time and had gone to visit his family members around Obanikoro region of Lagos when the neighbour proposed to drop her off on her way back to Ikeja when she was living with her aunt.
The movie star said along the way, he had asked her if he could show her his house to which she authorised as she never predicted that he could hurt her.
Ojo, however, said upon their arrival to his house, the neighbour raped her after numerous efforts to stop him end in futility.
Speaking further, she said she had stopped telling her ex-boyfriend about the incident and also for fear he could hurt the neighbour.
“I cried my heart out. Then I pondered about telling my ex-boyfriend. My ex-boyfriend was a bad boy and I wouldn’t say I liked all the bad things he did. So I decided not to tell him because they might kill or do something terrible to him if I did. I didn’t want that because I didn’t want blood on my hands,” she said.
The actress added that she was also raped by one of the armed robbers who had visited their house at Ikeja after she got married.
She elucidated that she had decided to share her story so as to encourage others who have had a similar experience to also speak up with a view to challenging the plague in the society.
“The other one happened after I got married to my husband and had my kids, then we moved to Ikeja. I was raped by one of the armed robbers who came to our house. It’s not easy to talk about rape. No matter how much you talk about it, you have to realise that it is painful, but you are not alone,” she added.