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.
Check out some reactions to Lalla’s statement below.