Survivor describes the trauma she suffered when she reported her rape

A Cape Town woman has shared how she was tied up and raped at knifepoint as an undergraduate student in 2004.

She says she had met her perpetrator the night before the rape and details how difficult it was when she went on to report the crime - from dealing with police to her experience with the doctor in charge of her medical examination.

It started off with them taking my statement, it is not an easy thing to put into words. We got into the statement fairly far and someone came in and said actually a male officer cannot be taking the statement, a female officer needs to take the statement... I then had to go through everything again - really detailed things which are needed in the case but not easy to go through twice.

Rape survivor

After that they took me to the district surgeon, a very elderly gentleman hard of hearing. He was then also very nonchalant. I needed to open my legs so he can examine me and that is not an easy thing to do given what has just happened, that didn't seem to occur to him.

Rape survivor

I then had a detective phone me up and tell me that they take a very special interest in these types of cases. This man was to my mind very inappropriate. He came to my flat at the time, sat too close to me, at one point he put his hand on the middle of my thigh and told me I was beautiful and can't understand how something like this could have happened to me.

Rape survivor

Through all of these experiences, if I was in a different state of mind, I would have been able to speak up for myself but I was sort of a shadow of a human being at that point and I just wanted to stop, basically.

Rape survivor

She says she had no further contact with police about the case after about a year.

Click on the link below to hear her full story...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Survivor describes the trauma she suffered when she reported her rape


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
John Maytham's Weekly Book Review: 20 September 2019

John Maytham's Weekly Book Review: 20 September 2019

John Maytham reviews his latest book picks, including the latest offering from best-selling author Margaret Atwood.

Trauma of apartheid lives on with new production of interracial Fugard play

Trauma of apartheid lives on with new production of interracial Fugard play

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 September for a limited season.

Where's it going wrong for the DA? Opposition loses more votes in bi-elections

Where's it going wrong for the DA? Opposition loses more votes in bi-elections

The official opposition lost two municipal wards to the ANC and the Freedom Front Plus in local bi-elections.

SA needs tighter controls on e-cigarettes, says lung researcher

SA needs tighter controls on e-cigarettes, says lung researcher

There are growing concerns about the harmfulness of e-cigarettes after multiple deaths were linked to vaping in the United States.

What options are left for Trump over Saudi oil attacks?

What options are left for Trump over Saudi oil attacks?

Wits University's John Stremlau considers the options available to US President Donald Trump.

'It's OK to have hope' - Facebook group #ImStaying celebrates SA's potential

'It's OK to have hope' - Facebook group #ImStaying celebrates SA's potential

The Facebook group, titled #ImStaying, started off with uplifting messages and is now connecting local initiatives with investors.

Popular articles
4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

Don’t ever say or, worse, believe any of these wealth-destroying platitudes, implores personal finance expert Warren Ingram.

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

“It makes all of us a target to fraudsters,” warns Manie van Schalkwyk of the South African Fraud Prevention Service.

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

Arabile Gumede interviews Stefaans Brummer, a journalist at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.

[LISTEN] Do's and don'ts after sex

[LISTEN] Do's and don'ts after sex

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares guidelines to post-sex etiquette and engages callers with their experiences.