Uphopho told CNN she has been assaulted three times by three different men

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#MeToo movement, women have become emboldened to speak up.
Most of those speaking out have been women in the Western world. However, five Nigerian women recently opened up to CNN about suffering sexual abuse and it’s an eye-opening report.
Read the report by CNN Africa below:
Brenda Uphopho was walking up the stairs in her office when she suddenly felt someone’s hand reach underneath her skirt. It was her boss.
“I screamed, and he was shocked at my scream,” Uphopho, a festival producer from Lagos, told CNN. “And I was shocked that he was shocked.”
Speaking out about sexual assault and harassment is widely considered taboo in Nigeria, where one in four girls experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Of those who experienced sexual violence in childhood, only 38% told someone about it — and as few as 5% sought help, according to a national survey carried out in 2014.
Many victims suffer in silence, but, in the wake of the global #MeToo movement, Nigerian women are beginning to share their stories — hopeful that it will break the cycle of stigma.

Uphopho is one of five Nigerian women who have told CNN about their experiences of rape, sexual abuse and harassment in recent weeks and months. Many of the women were speaking out for the first time.

Brenda Uphopho
Uphopho told CNN she has been assaulted three times by three different men.

The first was when she was just 5 years old, and a man who worked for her family forced her to touch him.

Uphopho said she didn’t understand how serious the situation was at that age, so she kept quiet.

When it happened again she was 18, and old enough to know she had been violated.

“During a party, I found myself alone with a stranger who wanted to force me to have sex with him.

He beat me up when I refused and sexually assaulted me,” she told CNN. “I was too ashamed to tell anyone about it.”

“I just felt if I was going to tell anybody … they would ask me … ‘What did you wear?

What were you doing there? How did you end up alone with this person?'” she said, adding that she came to believe it was her fault.

“I could be walking on the street and I would get my butt slapped by a bike rider.

My coworkers would make unsolicited sexual comments to me and I wouldn’t think it was out of place.”

Uphoho and her husband have co-produced a play called “Shattered,” which seeks to encourage victims of sexual violence to speak up about their experiences.

She decided to share her story to break the “culture of silence” around sexual abuse.

Brenda Uphopho was walking up the stairs in her office when she suddenly felt someone’s hand reach underneath her skirt. It was her boss.

“I screamed, and he was shocked at my scream,” she told CNN. “And I was shocked that he was shocked.”

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