March 24, 2023

Nollywood Actress, Sandra Okunzuwa, has revealed why she detested men for a long time. She stated that she suffered sexual harrasment as a child.

Sandra in an interview with The Sun, revealed that she was sexually abused as a child and this had an effect on her mental health.

According to her when she became an adult, she tried to call out the man who abused her as a child but she was stigmatized.

She added that the sexual abuse she suffered as a child made her have hatred towards men. She has however healed and moved on from her past.

In Sandra’s words,

“Sexually abused as a kid? Yes. Mental health victim? Yes. In the society we live in, people don’t talk about mental health issues; they expect you to visit your pastor and you will be alright. As an actor, it is not easy. First, you will have to embody the life of different characters and personalities, the good, the bad and the terrible.

Despite what you are going through personally, you have to wear a smile and keep entertaining people because that is what people expect from you. I think there should be a special therapist for entertainers, because it is not easy. Giving out joy to people and lacking where to fill up from. Most people are broken; they’re carrying about baggage from the past, if you don’t talk about it so you can get help, you will keep carrying it about until it destroys you. By sharing your problems with your partner, you can get help.

Lastly, being traumatized isn’t a spiritual issue; it is a mental issue that needs a therapist. I will get married to my perfect partner someday. Before, it (the sexual abuse) kind of made me resent men, but I have healed from it and moved on. I am a lot better now.”

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