Foord tells students how to get strength from trauma

2011-09-07 00:00

RAPE survivor and survivor supporter Jessica Foord addressed UKZN law students in an inspiring and heartfelt talk at the campus in Pietermaritzburg on Monday afternoon.

The gathering also attracted nurses and students from other faculties.

Foord spoke of the attack on her at Shongweni Dam in March 2008 when she was raped by four men while her father was gagged and made to watch. She spoke in detail of the trauma she suffered.

Many people have asked her when she will emigrate, but she described South Africa as her home and a country that has a lot of beauty to offer.

She said that whatever trauma people experience, the strength should come from crying and speaking about it. “The only way to get rid of the poison inside of you is to talk about it. You can first describe all the feelings on a piece of paper then progress to speaking to someone about it.”

Robynne Louw, organiser of the event, said that this year the faculty had heard so much of Foord’s story and decided she would be an inspirational speaker, especially for young women studying law.

Foord, who established The Jes Foord Foundation that helps survivors of any form of abuse and rape, said she believes counselling is one of the most important ways of helping a victim to heal.

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