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Move! reader was raped and thrown in the Kruger National Park to be eaten by wild an­i­mals

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Sindi Dube*

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.

OF­FERED MONEY

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

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