PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
LeighTR
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 732
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all LeighTR's badges.
 

An Existential Crisis

08 February 2013, 14:07

I have been watching in horror as the story of Anene Booysen unfolds. My horror mounts to new levels at every detail of how this girl was treated. Not only did these savage parasites (I cannot liken them to animals – as animals do not do this) rape her but they felt it fitting to mutilate her and leave her to die. Imagine the thoughts and pain she was left to endure alone until someone found her. Imagine being treated so badly and wondering what you had ever done to deserve such treatment.

Then I think of her mother – who held her hand and watched her child die from the most unimaginable injuries. The family members who have to try pick up the pieces. I know as a mother, when it comes to your children, you would do anything for them, to shield them and relieve their pain. As the crime is unimaginable, how do you reason with the motive and evil behind it? How do you ever come to terms with something like this?

And then I flip my thinking and I wonder – what on this earth could possess anyone to ever do that to another person? How do you even imagine treating someone like that. I speculate that there will be lots of stories coming out of this – like they were drinking or on drugs or in a gang, doing an initiation. And I hope that someone tells them that no matter what you drank or what pill you took or what you smoked or who you “hang” with – that in order to do something so heinous, you would have to have an innate evil deep within. That there are NO excuses for this situation. That saying sorry will NEVER be enough. It’s not enough for the mother who held her hand and saw the mutilation and hurt in her child’s eyes, it’s not enough for the doctors and hospital staff who treated her, it’s not enough for the people who loved her and it is not enough for all the people in this country – the parents, mothers and daughters and sons and husbands and wives. It’s never going to be enough for every rape victim or any person who has been abused at the hands of others.

What scares me now is that you think it could never happen to you. Or to anyone in your life. When I dropped my 5 year old off at school this morning, my anxiety levels shot through the roof. I can’t be with her every minute of every day to protect her and I can never prepare her for the horror that sometimes accompanies real life (be it stories or experiences). Every night when I look under her bed for monsters, I will be praying that these are the only monsters she will ever fear and that she never meets a real life monster.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor
Is there an afterlife?

It is indeed a very intriguing question because every single one of us will die. While none of us has any choose in being born and in dying we would like to know: what, if anything, awaits us and our loved ones afterwards.  Read more...

118 comments 1642 views
Submitted by
Neil Ross
Let the Van Riebeeck statue stay ...

You all know the statue of old Jan van Riebeeck? The one everybody wants to pull down? He’s the same Jan van Riebeeck whose face used to grace our old South African bank notes. Read more...

7 comments 657 views
Submitted by
Helga Van Niekerk
Tribute to Rudi van Breda

Rudi van Breda lost his life in a savage attack at his home in Stellenbosch on the night of the 26th/27th January 2015. His parents were also killed that night.  Read more...

2 comments 3062 views
Submitted by
Sifiso Simelane
The social work “Indaba” is an in...

The Current Social Work Indaba that is taking place in Durban is nothing but another platform to rhetoric about the importance of social workers. Read more...

6 comments 467 views
Submitted by
Mq Moyo
True Day of Worship

There was a lot of debate regarding the True Church article I wrote yesterday, with many saying there is not True Church but every Church that worships Jesus is a true Church.  Read more...

42 comments 439 views
Submitted by
Miss-Chief
Thank you ANC

Our Esteemed Governments bold plan to once again Unite our nation 20 years on Under one common Goal (as Sport is sadly not able to do so, not from the lack of trying) is masterful.  Read more...

6 comments 511 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.