Women speak out on how families cover up rape by loved ones
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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The saddest part about being raped by a family member is that the family always want to make it a secret, says Precious Oliphant.
Precious was raped raped by her father while she was 9 years old.
"I spoke about it the next day - my aunt beat me for talking about it and I was told not to ever repeat it to anyone else. I spoke about it again when I was eleven years old but still no one would believe me," she said.
Even at the age of 35 years, married with two kids, it still haunts her.
She said she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and she was taking medication for it.
Precious wants to protect her daughter from such trauma and she said the even though she is forced to speak to her father, she does not wants her children to have any relationship with him.
"They know my dad but they don't know that he is my father. All they know is that he is somehow related to us. I do not want them to call him "grandfather". I feel like he does not deserve that title". She said.
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She added that what was worse was having to live with the fact that he does not want to apologize, but he still blamed her for what happened.
South Africa, dubbed" the rape capital of the world", has shocking statistics on sexual violence.
Africa check reported that 25 000 were reported in 2019/2020.
It also reported that:
7% of women aged 15 to 49 had been ' forced or persuaded' to have sex against their will by a sexual partner.
23% of women were raped by an intimate partner on one or more occasions.
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