Funds needed to aid raped woman

2013-09-17 00:00

A DURBAN woman, who was raped in South Korea in May this year, has been receiving counselling via Skype from the Jes Foord Foundation.

They say they are urgently trying to raise funds to help the Hillcrest woman travel to another country where she can continue teaching. The 22-year-old had left South Africa in May to teach English so she could raise enough funds to study.

In a statement via the Jes Foord Foundation, the woman, who the foundation did not name, said she had asked a Korean man to show her where the bus terminal was in order for her to go home.

She said that the man then pulled her into a DVD screening room and raped her.

The incident happened three weeks after the woman arrived in the country.

The foundation’s trauma counsellor, Michelle Smith, said the matter was reported to the police but nothing was done.

“Instead the case has been moved from one police station to another.

“The fact that she is a black South African woman and her attacker is a Korean man means that the police are reluctant to act. I have been doing Skype counselling with her on a weekly basis,” she said.

Smith said the woman was given medication, but no one explained if she was given the morning after pill or ARVs.

Jes Foord, founder of the foundation, said: “She is far away from home having to deal with the rape, STD and pregnancy scares and feeling guilty about not fighting back.”

The foundation is keen to help the woman relocate and is appealing to the community for financial support.

“The survivor has to continue working due to financial constraints, but would like to move to another country where she would benefit from a better support system,” said Foord.

In order to assist the woman, the Jes Foord Foundation has dedicated its 2013 birthday towards this cause. The event will be held at the Barnyard Theatre and all funds will be used to purchase an air ticket for the survivor to relocate. “I urge the community to attend the event and assist us,” added Foord. For more information on the event, and how to assist contact the Jes Foord Foundation on 031 765 4559.

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