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TVC host Morayo Afolabi-Brown has apologised to her husband, but it shouldn’t stop conversations on domestic child rape

On Wednesday, a viral controversial clip hit social media – TVC presenter Morayo Afolabi-Brown was hosting the breakfast show Your View with her colleagues and the topic was rape. It revolved around the relationship between fathers and their young daughters, which is a perfect set up for children to be sexually abused. But the controversial point was when Afolabi-Brown said she won’t take chances with her husband to bathe her daughter, even though she trusts him. The statement feels particularly oxymoronic and it elicited a flood of reactions on social media, with some calling her out for disrespecting her husband on live television.

Since then, the viral clip has continued to ripple with new sinister meanings, for which she had to make clarifications in a brisk Instagram video yesterday. “I will not normally do this but I feel I should respond in anyway suggest that my husband is a potential abuser. Sad. The truth is that the show allows us to state varied views which should be respected and misunderstood.”

This morning, surprisingly, a tearful Morayo Afolabi-Brown apologised to her husband for making the aforementioned controversial statement. She did it in a live recording of the breakfast show, with a hand dabbing away her tears. “The last 24 hours have been tougher than I expected, my sincere apologies to my husband, I love, trust, and respect you. You do not deserve the horrible things people have said to you.”

While the apology is good, it shouldn’t stop conversations on domestic child rape. Most rape cases, especially the ones perpetuated against children, are done by familiar people or someone the child knows. Irrespective of gender of the perpetrator, domestic child rape is still prevalent in our society and should be dealt with all seriousness.

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