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HELP: ‘‘How do I support my girlfriend after rape?’’

By Faeza
09 February 2017

Anonymous from Soweto writes:

My girlfriend was raped and

she has anger towards all

men. I need to help her but I don’t

know how. I love her and I don’t want

to lose her. It hurts to feel like you are

useless to someone you love.

Sis Naledi answers:

It may be very difficult to

handle this on your own as

you may both be traumatised

by the rape incident. You sound

badly affected also and need to be

guided on how to support your

partner. The best thing to do is for

both of you to get counselling from

your local clinic.