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“Rape is Rape, Regardless of Who the Face of the Accused is” – ActressStephanie Linus Addresses Allegation Against Relative.


I just received this mail from Stephanie Linus' Press Manager. For those who don't know this mail is a likely aftermath of the recent rape allegations/accusations made against a relative of her's; Daniel Okereke. Prince Daniel Okereke was arrested over a week ago after a Unilag student accused him of brutally raping her. 




Read her message below:


I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my brother).
While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape, regardless of who the face of the accused is.
Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world should be able to live free of violence, sexual harassment or any form of abuse against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at the University of Calabar.
As a student, I heard a story about young girls who had been forced into early marriage and were suffering the negative and embarrassing effects of VVF. The story stayed in my consciousness and drove me, for years, to seek ways to raise awareness on the condition; leading to my work with a team of dedicated doctors to carry out repair surgeries for VVF victims across the country; and my self-produced, soon to be released movie, ‘DRY.’
So, again, it is indeed heart breaking for me to receive and deal with news alleging a family member of mine is an alleged perpetrator of sexual violence against a woman. I am devastated.
This case is now in Nigeria’s criminal justice system as the accused awaits arraignment. I have also encouraged and assured the alleged victim of my stance against rape and applaud her for her bravery to upset the culture of silence, in Nigeria; even as I accord deference and patiently wait for the criminal justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of my brother.
For Nigerian press and blogs; I call on you to please report this case in an ethical manner. I am a married woman living my life. The alleged transgression of my relative does not make it mine. The focus should be the impact of rape on the alleged victim, and resources for other alleged victims, not me.
Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the accuser; using my name for sensational headlines and putting my images, exclusively, in their stories. This is a form of victimization of me as a woman, its unethical and extremely hurtful. I am not the alleged accused.

I therefore please ask all bloggers and the media who have placed my pictures and name to this story to refrain from further using me to sensationalise this story. 
I thank my fans, and all well-wishers for your continued support and ask for your continued prayers.
God bless.


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Photo source: www.fredrnwonwu.blogspot.com

Comments

  1. I read this earlier and my respect for her went a million notches higher. Rape is Rape regardless of who the accused is. Good she's in contact with the girl involved.

    Guess the guy suffers from masochism cos he's a serial rapist. He should seek medical attention after.

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  2. I've always respected her & expected such response. Read about her fight against VVF & fell in love with her.
    If it were her dad or hubby, she'll still say same, so Naija media should let her be & keep blasting her Evil brother.
    I really want rapists, esp Serial Rapists to be Castrated biko!!! Cut off that Organ!!!

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  3. Saw this earlier as well and all I can say is thumbs up 2 Stephanie. Good and swift PR response! I sooo love her stance on d issue and it's a good thing dt she has reached out 2 d girl as well. Let justice be served regardless.





    *lips sealed and watching*

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  4. Stephanie defying the useless culture of silence on criminal issues in Nigeria. I love her much more. Kudos Steph.

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  5. Love and respect this lady so much.

    Well done stephanie

    -HerRoyalSweetnees

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  6. One of the best if not the best media response I've ever seen in this country. I so much admire and respect Stephanie Linus and this just adds to the many reasons why I do.

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  7. It was a good & unbiased response from her & we need more people like her at the top

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  8. After reading this my respect for her just increased

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  9. Very brave and unbiased, in this time when people sugar caot the truth and get rewards, this is a good one indeed.....#JoyDaNuGirl

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  10. Hope in humanity restored.
    K.O.H.

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