Merly Morello suffered sexual harassment at the time of De Vuelta al Barrio: “They said they wanted to rape me”

Peruvian actress Merly Morello spoke about the sexual harassment she suffered years ago. (Photo: Instagram/@merly_morello_oficial)

At only 13 years old, Merly Morello gave life to the sweet Lily in the successful series Back to the neighborhood, where she gained great popularity due to her romance with Pedrito, played by Samuel Sunderland. However, her unexpected fame also brought with it a series of unpleasant comments about her physical appearance, which led her to cry in front of cameras to ask them to stop.

Now 18 years old and more sure of herself, the young actress presented in “Spicy Questions”, a segment of Christopher Gianotti’s YouTube channel. She there she remembered everything she suffered in the year 2017, when she had to endure the sexual harassment by a group of men, who did not stop harassing her through social networks despite being a minor.

“I have had social networks since I was 13 and from there I have comments about my body, sexualizing myself. It is very uncomfortable, I have cried many times, I have felt dirty because society teaches you that you are to blame, that you are the one who attracts that because you dress or express yourself that way. I am super affectionate with my friends, they have always told me that it was my fault, that I was asking for it”commented.

Merly Morello, Alexia Barnechea and Samuel Sunderland in the recordings of De Vuelta al Barrio. (Photo: America TV)
Merly Morello, Alexia Barnechea and Samuel Sunderland in the recordings of De Vuelta al Barrio. (Photo: America TV)

Over time, Morello said, she learned not to remain silent and to protest whenever someone harassed her or blamed her for it. “I have been criticized a lot for that. I have been told that since I am a public figure, I should accept it because I decided to expose myself. How do you say that to a 14-year-old girl? Why do you express to her that she is to blame for so much my *** happening in her life?Held.

Merly then added: “Already at 16, 17 and 18 I came out crying, saying that I was really fed up with them sending me packs, edited photos of me or editing my videos. Or that they take photos of me in the street and tell me from A to Z, saying how good I am or how bad I look. Or that they create groups and there comes out how they want to rape me or how they want to kidnap me.

After reading these comments in the Facebook groups, the young actress revealed that she was so afraid of being physically attacked that she suffered an anxiety attack at the facilities of América Televisión, where she attended the recordings of Back to the neighborhood.

Once I was on the channel and I had a panic attack, anxiety, I didn’t want to go home. My colleagues did not understand what was happening and I had all this internal. God forbid, the universe does not want that one day all that will come true. That made me panic, now I’m a little stronger and I can deal more “commented.

Then, she assured that the users who continue to harass her on networks have psychological problems that need to be treated. “People who are unsuccessful do not go to a psychologist, but those of us who want to improve, grow, heal traumas and not be afraid go. You have to be well physically, but the mind also has to be protected”said.

Merly Morello suffered sexual harassment at the time of De Vuelta al Barrio | VIDEO: Youtube. Credits to Christopher Gianotti.

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Merly Morello suffered sexual harassment at the time of De Vuelta al Barrio: “They said they wanted to rape me”