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Izwi Lami: Survivor’s Voices

 

 

Health-e’s anti-rape campaign invites rape survivors to share their stories, contact counselling services and campaign for packages of care through texting ‘end rape’ to 38006.

The stories below are words of encouragement and also words of vulnerability. It is a place for survivors to share their stories without fear, and to break the silence around the normalisation of rape in South Africa today.

Rape is a thief. I was raped when I was a virgin at 20. I do not enjoy sex at all. My boyfriend doesn’t know. He will think it is him but it’s me.
– Female, 28, Gauteng

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

I was raped when I was young. I never talk about it. It has impacted my sex life. When I am having sex I sometimes remember the rape. I don’t enjoy sex with my girlfriend, so many times I break up with someone because I lack confidence during sex. I just can’t cope with my past.
– Male, raped in 1999, aged 11, in his home in Limpopo

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

It took 30 years to find my voice. It’s never too late to speak out because there is always someone out there who listens and cares.
– Female, 44, Gauteng.

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

Kunzima, kodwa Kuyaphileka. (It is hard but we are surviving)
– Female, 32, KZN, survivor of rape.

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

Get help. Call a friend, family, Rape Crisis, Lifeline. Break the silence. Even if it is with help! You are never alone. There is victim support at SAPS … including medical support. Then your healing will begin with Rape Crisis.
– Female, 43, Western Cape.

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

It is depressing to know I lost my virginity without my consent.
– Female, 40, Northern Cape. Raped when she was 13 years old.

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

It is painful but with time it gets better.
– Female, 27, survived a rape in Shoshanguve in 20111.

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? SMS “Endrape” to 38006

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