Switch TV Presenters Mwikali Mary and Nana Owiti broke down in tears during an interview aired on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Mwikali was hosting her colleague Nana as a guest on her show Full Circle With Mwikali to mark April as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Nana recalled her experience in the hands of an abusive relative who was well known to the family while she was only 9 years old.Switch Presenter Nana Owiti tearing up during an interviewFile
The presenter’s recollection of the conversation with her mother about the abuse brought tears to her eyes and despite her courage to continue telling the story, tears started streaming down her face.
Mwikali, who at the beginning of the interview admitted that the interview would be heartbreaking could also not hold her tears as she listened to the story.
“I told my mom that he was pinching me to make it palatable for her and she joked about it and she asked him why he was pinching me,” the Chat Spot host said.
“Why are you not asking me where I’m being pinched? Why are you not raising questions about his behaviour? ” Nana wondered about her mother at the time.
She had never told anyone about that experience until 2017 when she mentioned it to her husband Kennedy Ombima also known as King Kaka.
The situation was later aggravated when Nana decided to open up to her aunt and just like her mother, she brushed it off.
Cases of sexual gender-based violence in Kenya has been on the rise and unlike in the past, have received notable media attention.
According to a 2020 report from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, nearly one in six young women (15.6 percent) aged 18 to 24 experienced sexual violence as a child, compared to 6.4 percent of young men.
Only 12.5 percent of young women who had experienced sexual violence as a child sought help and only three percent of young men.
Experts have recommended teaching children about violence and how to report cases of abuse.
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