Sarahina Mayoyo, author of How I Fell in Love With my Abuser: But God, recalls the day an uncle sexually abused her while living with her paternal family in George, Western Cape.
"I was 5-years-old when the rape happened."
It was after she moved in with the family. Previously she lived with her maternal family in Mdantsane location in Eastern Cape. This was a huge adjustment for her as she went from being the only grandchild, the apple of everybody's eye, to being just another child among many cousins in her paternal family.
But the uncle (who was not a blood relative) appeared to be the only one giving her attention.
"I found somebody who noticed me. He always said that he preferred me over the other cousins and that made me feel special," she said.
The 34-year-old author takes us back to how it all began. Being the uncle's favourite was something that she enjoyed but little did the 5-year-old know that she was being groomed.
"It started getting physical, he would touch me and make me touch him. He said it was a game we played and also my reward for being a good girl."
The "game" continued till one night it ended with full -blown penetration.
"He told me that I shouldn't scream. I cried internally. I remember how painful it felt but I couldn't tell anyone because he said I shouldn't."