Popular actress Juliet Ibrahim has revealed about advances in the film and tv industry whilst recounting her personal experience.
Juliet opened up in a recent interview on being raped and why she rarely gets sexual advances from male colleagues in this interview with Sampson Unamka.
According to her, most women struggle to speak up about rape because of their fear of stigmatization, especially as it has become a blown-out issue in the industry.
When asked about her opinions rape considering the allegations rocking Nollywood directors, Juliet said;
“Unfortunately, I haven’t had such experiences in the industry. However, rape is happening and occurring in every form of workplace.
I commend every woman or man who’s able to speak up and overcome the stigma as well as bring these evil rapists to light.
I am a rape victim so I understand what it means to carry such a burden inside of you for many years until you finally gather courage to speak up boldly about it.
Most women are strong to speak up eventually but I know men who never ever get to speak up because of fear and stigmatization.
The closest I came to a form of harassment was when a director asked me to look down at his pants and see his hard-on.
He said he was turned on by me just walking by. And I quietly walked away and made sure I never worked with him on any set again”.
Juliet was born to a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian-Liberian mother. She is the first child and has two sisters; Sonia Ibrahim, Nadia Eman Ibrahim aka Lalahnadya, and a brother.
Alongside her siblings, she spent the longest part of their childhood in Lebanon and Ivory Coast due to civil wars.
She had her primary education in Lebanon, then proceeded to Ivory Coast for her secondary education where she lived with her parents.
Juliet studied at the Ghana Institute of Languages, where she studied English, French, and Spanish.
She also studied Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. She can speak English, French, and Spanish.
She has commented that in Africa she is not regarded as a black woman because of her skin tone, but outside Africa, she is recognized as being black.
She objected to the term ‘half-caste’ and said that she was ‘Black and proud of it’.