Move! reader was raped and thrown in the Kruger National Park to be eaten by wild animals
IAM a 21-year-old woman and two years ago, my innocence was stolen when I was raped and left for dead in the Kruger National Park. What is worse about the incident is that my family blamed me for the incident.
THE FATEFUL DAY
On the day of the incident, I was going to a friend’s place in the evening when I came across a man who pulled out a knife and dragged me to a secluded spot.
He started beating me while taking my clothes off. In fact, he tore them off because I was fighting back. Then he raped me.
I passed out after the incident and when I woke up, I was not sure where I was, but noticed there were animals.
I ran to the nearest river and saw a hippo. I was thirsty and my body was painful. I saw lions far away and realised I was in the Kruger National Park.
I climbed a long and sharp fence to escape and my hands, feet and body were bruised by the fence.
Luckily I ran into a woman, whom after I told her my story gave me her dress. She and another man took me to the hospital and I reported the case.
BEING BLAMED FOR THE RAPE
My mother passed away when I was 14 years old and I was raised by my aunt, who is ruthless at times.
The most painful thing is that my aunt blamed me for the incident. She said this would not have happened if I had not gone to my friend’s place.
This incident has changed me. I was not dating anyone at the time, but I am no longer interested in dating guys. I see them as animals.
After the man who raped me was arrested, I found out that he had killed more than eight girls.
His family offered me money to drop the charges, saying he is still young.
After the incident, I went for counselling, but once in a while I get bad dreams and flash backs, especially when someone using the same perfume as the rapist passes by. I also get panic attacks. I am currently focusing on my studies towards a bachelor’s degree in education. I love children hence I want to be a teacher. It is what I am passionate about. * Not her real name