Lalla Hirayama heads to Japan for 2 months for work and safety reasons
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After speaking out on rape allegations made
against her ex-boyfriend, Chris Nkosi, Lalla Hirayama has revealed she’s
relocating to Japan for two months.
Following last week’s gender-based violence
outcry, which saw many women speaking out against their alleged abusers, the former
V Entertainment presenter spoke up about the abuse she endured from the male
figures in her life, including her then-boyfriend of five years, Chris Nkosi,
as well as her father.
In a lengthy
statement shared on Twitter, Lalla revealed she has a toxic relationship
with her father, who she claims is a drug addict. Many applauded her courage to
speak out and for her
efforts to get people to do something about violence against women and children.
The presenter then revealed she’d be going
to Japan for a two-month work trip and that, due to a “dangerous personal
situation at home”, the move couldn’t have come at a better time. She added
that she’d be taking her mother with her.
“Today I leave for Japan for a 2 month work
trip of which I am so very grateful for. It has come at a time when getting
away from a dangerous personal situation at home is also a big blessing. I have
been fortunate to take my mother with me, to ensure that she is safe,” she
wrote before speaking of the limited help of restraining orders.
“Restraining orders are unfortunately only
pieces of paper, at the end of the day,” she added.
The presenter then spoke about the
difficulty many people faced in leaving their abusers and slammed government
for not assisting victims.
“There are so many women who cannot get
away from their emotional/physical abusers/manipulators. Can we create a safe
haven for women who need help! I am asking as someone who wants to put
something together but needs assistance. Our government is doing nothing.”
Although Lalla did not mention who the
restraining order she was trying to get was for, many tweeps believe it was
about her father and some shared their experiences of abuse while others wished
her a safe trip.
out some reactions to Lalla’s statement below.