Celebrated Ghanaian actress and strong women’s right activist, Lydia Forson has been assaulted by a security officer on Sunday.
The assault followed a verbal altercation between Ms Forson and the said security official during a photo-shoot for a movie she is featured in.
The “Perfect Picture” actress posted the video of the said assault on her Facebook page Monday morning, January 22 and she narrates:
I don’t even know where to start this piece from. How do I explain that I woke up excited about my day unaware of the very dangerous encounter I was to have. How do I write in a language that won’t be judged, misinterpreted or dismissed?
How do I speak on my assault without someone tone checking me, questioning the validity of my claim and trying to make it my fault?
Because that’s the never-ending cycle women in this country go through whenever the subject of any type of abuse is brought up.
Who we become the centre of the conversation and NOT what happened to us. How we speak on the subject will determine if we deserve sympathy or not, we have to hold back the anger we feel, speak in a more acceptable tone and basically focus more on how people receive what we’re saying instead of the pain of what we went through.
Yesterday I was assaulted by this man, a security official who looked me dead in the eye and said “he could beat me because his power permitted him to and no one would do a thing about it”.
According to Lydia, who was detailing the tragic encounter on her personal blog, she had stepped in to help resolve a growing quarrel between the unnamed security officer and a lady (The Crew’s Driver) who was been abused by the man when she joined the argument over their permit to take a photo-shoot at the location. Unfortunately, she (Lydia) rather got the man pissed and he pounced on her. She then made an attempt to record what the man was doing and that even aggravated the case, leading to the man punching her arm in an attempt to break her phone.
”Today we chose a spot often used in movie production( mostly by NAFTI students as it is by their hostel).
A few minutes into the shoot a car drives up and a man with a walkie talkie jumps out and tells us we’re not permitted to be there.
Our director insists that we are, he together with the crew try to reason with the man but he refuses and the director decides that we should just leave to avoid what seemed like a situation that was escalating.
I observed all of this from a distance and noticed the man was fixated on the female crew member who happened to be the one driving. As she turned to leave he started to verbally assault her, why? Because she had “dared” challenge his claim that we weren’t allowed there; he continued to hurl insults at her until I heard him say finally “ you think you are somebody”.
That triggered me.” she wrote.
And by his utterances I could tell things were about to get ugly, so I walked up to him and said he didn’t need to go that far, especially since we were already leaving.
He immediately turned on me, like a poked bear ready to devour its prey.
Without hesitation he turned on me and started making threats; I took out my phone and decided to record his actions but that only aggravated him because it meant I had the upper hand, it meant he couldn’t lie about what happened later.
He quickly lunged at me and tried to hit the phone out of my hand, in the process he punched my arm and continued to come for me
When I told him he didn’t have the right to, he responded with a smirk on his face “I can beat you if I want, my authority gives me that right and no one can do anything about it” she continued.
Read full account of the incident on Lydia Forson’s personal blog http://lydiaforson.com/the-abuse-of-power-women-and-how-i-was-physically-assaulted-by-a-security-official/
Watch the video below:
By: Gabla Godwin/ Showbiz Network Ghana
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