Woman recounts alleged rape on Instagram

By Drum Digital
08 January 2016

An American woman, who is in South Africa to promote her “Stop Rape, Educate” campaign, took to Instagram, to live blog her own alleged rape ordeal.

Based on her Instagram account with more than 30 000 followers, Amber Amour, a social activist, claims she was raped in Cape Town six weeks ago.

Her harrowing pictures and account of the incident is described in detail. Amour claims she was raped by an acquaintance while they shared a shower.

She reported the alleged rape to the police and has a case number. Amour said her alleged rapist has since been arrested but was presently out on R1 000 bail.

Police were not immediately available for comment. In one of her posts, Amour appears in a photograph which was apparently taken after the alleged rape. In it, she is seen in the shower with tears streaming down her face.  

It was only a few minutes ago but sometimes these things happen so fast it's hard to remember all the details.... I've been sick for the past 2 days and today was my first day out. I went back to my old hostel to leave a note for a friend, Nick. There was another guy there, Shakir, who was desperately trying to get with me. I kissed him once but he seemed drunk so I told him it was bad timing, I had already met someone. Before heading out, I went upstairs to say hi to one more friend, Clyde from the states. Shakir followed me upstairs and said he was going to take a shower. He invited me to join. I said yes because the water at my current hostel is pretty cold and after 2 days of being sick, I just really wanted a hot shower. As soon as I got in the bathroom, he forced me to my knees. I said "stop!" but he just got more violent. He lifted me up and put his penis in my vagina. I asked him to stop, again, as I began to cry. When he shoved it in my ass, that's when I passed out. I woke up a few minutes later and saw him trying to creep out the door. When he saw that I was awake, he came back to finish me off in the shower. I have all those fucked up feelings that we get after rape...shame, disgust, suffering. I'm here, alone, and any DNA has been wiped away in the shower. The South African police will just roll their eyes when I walk in. Feeling sicker than ever now. Needless today, I'm going to disappear for a bit. Just need to enjoy the freaking sun and call my friends and family in the states. Love you guys. Thank you for always being there for me. All the more reason to continue @stoprapeeducate but not today. Today, I need rest. #StopRapeEducate A photo posted by Amber Amour (@ambertheactivist) on

In a separate photograph, she is seen in what appears to be a hospital bed. The caption indicated that she had gone to a doctor to collect evidence for a rape kit. The blog goes on to document graphic detail of the alleged rape.

Speaking to News24, Amour said her blog was her way of ensuring that justice was served, while at the same time practising what she preached.

On her account, she wrote: “I tell you guys to speak up every single day and I know that I need to practice what I preach. It is so incredibly hard, though, but having you all here for me makes all the difference. I know that this may not go anywhere and I know that I may face ridicule by the police but I will take a shot at 'justice' anyway."

Stop Rape, Educate is a campaign founded by Amour to end sexual violence against women through awareness campaigns with street art. The organisation has been active since 2014. Amour is visiting South Africa as part of her Stop Rape, Educate world tour.

Amour is currently still in Cape Town promoting her campaign.

Source: News24

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