Barbie's victim speaks

2009-10-11 12:28

Pretoria – They were only 11 and 14 years old when they fell victim to Cézanne Visser, aka Advocate Barbie, and Dirk Prinsloo.

Yet the scars from the molestation, vibrator games and naked swimming were clearly visible when Rapport reporters exclusively spoke with one of their victims and the mother of another victim.

“Advocate Barbie must go to jail,” said Karen (not her real name). She said her life was messed up by what Visser and Prinsloo did to her when she was 14 years old.

“She should take her punishment as it comes,” said Karen, now 21.

The mother of another victim, called Talita (not her real name), said the indecent assault and drawn-out court case had left her daughter with emotional scars.

Addicted to drugs

Visser was on Wednesday found guilty on eleven charges ranging from indecent assault to manufacturing child pornography.

“I blame her more than Prinsloo, because she knew what she was doing. She chose the girls and now she is blaming him,” said Karen.

Because of what Visser and Prinsloo did to her, she stopped going to school, became addicted to drugs and cut herself, said Karen.

“I am angry at them, but it’s over now. You can’t forget but I’ve made my peace with it. I hope they get what they deserve.”  

Karen has meanwhile become the proud mother of a ten-month-old baby girl.

Feelings of hatred

She thought of her own daughter as well as her younger sister when she testified:  “I don’t want anything like this happening to them.”  

Judge Chris Eksteen said it was clear that Talita had been deeply traumatised by what had happened to her at Visser and Prinsloo’s house.

For the first time in her life, she was confronted with pornographic magazines and vibrators. Visser molested her and used a vibrator in front of her.

Talita also didn’t finish school and had a poor relationship with her mother. She became rebellious and was deeply shaken by the court case. She also developed “feelings of hatred” towards Visser when she saw her in court.