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Anasia Govender Reveals Trauma Of Sexual Abuse

Annalakshmi Anasia Govender Source: Facebook

NEWS: Durban entertainer and chef, Anasia Govender, has taken to social media platform Facebook, to reveal shocking reasons for her sudden departure from the social scene. The food enthusiast shot to fame after her Ed Sheeran cover of the hit song Thinking Out Loud, went viral leading to entertainment journey for the Durban woman.

Anasia Govender has delivered thousands of laughs at various events while she struggled with a dark secret that drove her into silence. The woman who brought us the spicy character of ‘Annalakshmi’ opened up about childhood trauma of sexual abuse at the hands of four perpetrators, one of which was a family member. She opened up about the abuse that had begun at the age of 5 where she was molested at the hands of a relative. The abuse continued for 7 years until she ended the abuse at the age of 12 by herself. She also expressed the guilt and shame that is associated with abuse, which she endured leading up to her battle with depression. She believed that she had healed and had done away with the trauma but more was to come as she stepped into the spotlight of entertainment. As her career rose to new heights, she admitted that during her time in the limelight it wasn’t all smiles for her. The sudden influx of attention from adoring fans had pushed her to the edge, making her relive the trauma of sexual assault. This was the defining moment that drove her into silence, she realised that her healing was not complete.

“I lost my confidence and I lost my will to perform and to make people laugh and the depression set in,” she said.

The road to recovery has just begun for Anasia Govender and her biggest supporters are her family during this time of healing. Reflecting on her future endeavours, she expressed her desire to use her talent to raise the conversation around topics relating to sexual abuse of women and children. She urged people to start being open and educating children about the dangers associated with sexual abuse.

Watch her emotional video here

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