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‘My brother slapped me because of who I love’ - SA champion

By TMG Digital | 2016-07-05 06:42:24.0

South African javelin champion Sunette Viljoen on Monday accused her brother of slapping her through the face.

“God help me‚” Viljoen pleads in a Facebook post on Monday.

She said that she was speaking out‚ although it was a difficult and upsetting decision‚ because of other people who may be going through the same “hell”.

“My brother has just lifted his hands to me again and also my father four years ago. My brother has slapped me through the face.

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“It is a month before the Olympic Games and I know the devil is trying to work through other people to make me take my eye off God and the finish line‚” she wrote.

Viljoen‚ who last month won her fifth continental javelin crown at the African champs ahead of the Rio Olympics in August‚ spoke out a couple of years ago about how her family had ostracised her after she came out as a lesbian.

She came a disappointing fourth at the 2012 London Olympics but has been improving her performances lately. A year ago‚ she paid tribute to her partner for strengthening her mentally. “LiMari (Louw) knows me inside out and she knows exactly what to say and when to say it‚ how to handle and how to see situations. She’s literally my psychologist…” she told TMG Sport.

In her Facebook post on Monday‚ Viljoen said: “I’m speaking out for every person out there who is being broken emotionally or physically over who they love.”

“I will fight for you till my hands are stubs and dedicate my Olympic year to you.”