At the age of six, Buyiswa was home with chicken pox when she was raped by her step-brother, who was looking after her while her mom was at work. He told the little girl that he would kill her mother if she told anyone what he’d done – and that no one would believe her anyway. Terrified, she kept quiet.
At twelve, she was raped at knife point by a stranger as she was walking home one day. All Buyiswa wanted to do was block out the attack. She cleaned herself up and carried on as if nothing had happened. She didn’t even tell her mother.
At sixteen, she was repeatedly gang raped by an ex boyfriend and his friend. Who could she tell? She’d gone willingly to the boy’s house, never imagining what was to come. So again, she kept quiet.
Many years later Buyiswa found her way to Rape Crisis and got the support she needed. Today, she is a strong young woman and a proud activist who speaks out against sexual violence.
But there are many other girls – and boys and men – who don’t get the help or the justice they need. Who despair as their rapists get off scot-free. Who are too terrified to talk. Who blame themselves, and suffer shame. Who struggle with the symptoms of trauma.
Please will you help us reach them, by making a contribution towards our work.