I bit down on my fingers to withstand the pain. I felt like I was falling down a never ending slope – like I was losing grip of reality.
She did not believe me and told me that if I tell anyone that childcare will take me away. I kept silent for years.
I was a mere five years old when my stepfather first came into my room in the dead of night. He whispered my name and when I… Read more “He raped me for seven years and blamed me”
A rape survivors’ support service has been developed by Health-e News. It is a USSD service and online map that provides a directory of all Thuthuzela Care… Read more “Support service developed to aid sexual assault survivors”
One day in April 1997, a demon that had been chasing me finally caught up. It wasn’t shadowed and cloaked. Instead, it was open, smiling, and full… Read more “The demons of rape just never go away, do they?”
I hate it when people call me “brave” for surviving being raped. It’s been seven years since he took me to his dorm and after my saying… Read more “‘I am not a better person as a result of having been raped’”
Her name was Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo. She was lesbian. She was HIV positive. She was an activist. She accused Jacob Zuma of rape. She became known as Khwezi.… Read more “Remembering Khwezi: Her life was taken long before she died”
I was once like Brock Turner was. A student with great potential. And a swimmer. Even at the young age I was, I was elegant in the… Read more “An open letter to: Brock Turner, Judge Aaron Persky and Brock’s victim”
I was raped three times by three different men. The first time, I was eight years old. I was raped by my neighbour. I remember that day… Read more “‘I still remember the way they smell’”
One of the rapists in the brutal gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012 has said the victim was to blame for the attack. “A… Read more “We need to change our attitude toward women, not just rape”