Nadia Jamil And Frieha Altaf Open Up About How They Were Sexually Abused At Younger Age – See What They Had To Say

In the wake of recent incidents, Pakistani celebrities have bee very active in promoting awareness regarding child sexual abuse and proper education on the subject. 2017 has been the year where the issue of sexual abuse has been brought up to the limelight after the #MeToo campaign went viral.

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Millions of women and men across the world spoke up about their experiences and how they dented them for lives. But just as most of the cases, the majority of the victims had experienced in the early years of their lives, when they were too scared and vulnerable to do anything about it.

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It is now evident that we need to address it, on moral and educational grounds. Just like we teach our kids to be fully in control of their lives, careers and what people think of them, we need to start teaching a lesson or two teaching them taking full control of their bodies as well.

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To highlight the need for it, influences and media stars have especially initiated discussions on the topic, which definitely is a positive step ahead. Since most of the people connect to the outer world through television and social media, known faces using their influence to create a positive ripple across society is commendable and certain to generate a good outcome. Mahira Khan has already announced free talks on the topic and Saba Qamar has stressed on the need as well, Nadia Jamil and Frieha Altaf opened about their horrific experiences as well.

Using their social media platforms, Nadia spoke about how she was targeted while she was young by her Quran teacher, driver and an ‘elite’ family’s son. She further added that her family wanted her to stay silent back then and they want the same as well, but shame isn’t hers.
We need to start accepting that the shame lies in assaulting someone, NOT being the victim.
Here is what she had to say:

Frieha Altaf also opened about her experiences. She said she was assaulted by her cook when she was 6 and just like all the other cases, she was made to believe that opening up will bring the shame to her, not the assaulter. Now so many years apart, she realizes how the experience has affected her.

Delayed or denied justice is one of the reasons why the number of horrific cases like Zainab’s doesn’t seem to decrease but we cannot entirely shift the blame. We need to realize our attitude as a society. If we continue to blame the victims, we only reduce their chances of opening up. We need to own our role in it, change our behavior and stay committed to it.

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