Outspoken Ghanaian actress and entrepreneur Lydia Forson has advised ladies who have been sexually abused to not feel pressured to come out unless they are mentally prepared to face the discomfort that comes with it.
Lydia’s comments comes after the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee of the University of Ghana, urged students both continuing and past, to come forward with evidence of sexual harassment from lecturers.
Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, the Chairperson of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee of the University of Ghana (UG), said the call is to allow persons who did not know of the existence of the committee and therefore suffered in silence, the opportunity to have justice.
“Come forward if you have evidence to show that during your four-year-stay on the University of Ghana Campus this happened to you.” she stated in a recent interview.
But actress Lydia Forson said the ladies involved should not be compelled to tell their stories if they are not mentally prepared to handle the shame that will come after. She warned them about the intention behind the call, saying people are only hungry for news and they might end up becoming victims of hungry bloggers.
“Dear Ladies “who’ve been sexually harassed by anyone”, Don’t feel compelled to share unless you’re ready, don’t be “dared” into speaking on your experiences by people only thirsty for news. You have to be mentally ready for the victim shaming and blame game it comes with”.
Meanwhile the BBC Africa Eye on Monday 7th October released a documentary on “Sex for Grades” which exposed how some lecturers at University of Ghana and University of Lagos sexually harassed students who come to them for academic help.
Since the release, some of the lecturers have been interdicted, pending investigations into the allegations.
Checkout Lydia Forson’s tweet below: