A woman's rape ordeal
This is the sad story of a 20-year-old woman who was brutally attacked
MMALERATO (not her real name) says she will never forget the horrific night she experienced when her neighbour threatened her with a knife, kicked and beat her and then dragged her to his house to further beat, torture and rape her repeatedly for the whole night.
This is the sad story of a 20-year-old woman who lives in Vryburg, in North West. She says rape is the most horrible thing a person can ever experience.
Mmalerato experienced her ordeal on October 31 when she was on her way home from a friend's place.
She met her neighbour on the way.
He threatened her with a knife, beat her about the body, kicked her until she fell to the ground, and then dragged her to his place, where he repeatedly raped her with her hands and neck tied with wire.
"I will never forget that day. He opened a car battery and filled a syringe with battery acid and then injected it into my arm," she said.
"I was scared. He told me not to scream. I felt uncomfortable and asked him to untie me. He raped me again and again and again," Mmalerato said.
This monster did not even use a condom. In the early hours next morning he asked her to wash her body.
At that stage she managed to run away. With the help of a friend, Mmalerato reported the matter to the police.
Thoriso's ordeal is one of many that happens around the world. Victims like her can now visit a one-stop shop in Vryburg to get help.
Deputy Minister of Social Development Bongi Ntuli yesterday opened a state-of-the-art one-stop centre for victims of crime and violence in Vryburg.
Khuseleka One-Stop Centre provides trauma counselling and psycho-social support, healthcare, police services, legal assistance and shelter services for women and child victims of violence.
North West department of social development, women, children and people with disabilities spokesman Vuyisile Ngesi said: "Khuseleka stands as a good example of a partnership between the government, development agencies and civil society organisations.
"It addresses crimes such as domestic violence, rape, human trafficking and sexual harassment.
"It is designed to help victims and vulnerable adults who currently have to visit a number of different agencies when trying to remove themselves from a violent home."
Ngesi said representatives of the police's community safety unit, domestic violence and housing departments, Victim Support and social workers would offer theirservices.