As a young girl who was raped by a guy she trusted, Eugenia Baffour Bankoh has spoken about the anguish she endured for years. This tragic situation occurs in many households because parents fail to teach their children about sexual abuse.
The founder of “The Safe Space Foundation,” Eugenia, spoke at the Nana Aba Anamoah-organized “Women of Valor” symposium in 2023. Eugenia claims that after hiding her tale for years and feeling ashamed, she was inspired to share it.
“The first time I encountered sexual assault, and I will call it rape because I am not embarrassed about that anymore. Some years back, I used to be embarrassed talking about it because, in our community, it is taboo to talk about something like that…it is not for fans or attention but it did happen to me.
“I was 12 years old and it happened with somebody I trusted. In Ghana, when growing up, we didn’t have sexual abuse teachings, African mothers avoid such teachings with their children,” she disclosed in the video captured by Kingdomfmnews.
Eugenia, a Children’s Right activist, now spends time discussing sexual assault and ways to prevent young girls from experiencing childhood trauma by using her platform and voice.
Eugenia had to the courage to reveal to her family and the world the guilt she had been carrying around.
She believed she deserved what his abuser did to her when she was a little kid. For numerous other victims, this has been the situation.
“It doesn’t only happen in uncompleted buildings, it is happening in our homes…it was damaging for the rest of my life up until I found the courage to do something about my story and my trauma. For a decade, I didn’t know who I was worth or what an identity was,” she narrated.