21 Icons features Jessica Foord

By Faeza
14 September 2015

On 13 September 2015 on SABC 3 at 19h27, the acclaimed short-film series 21 ICONS featured the second icon of its third season: rape survivor and founder of The Jes Foord Foundation (JFF), Jes Foord.

Jessica Foord ? "Don’t let something like this damage you. I haven’t let what happened to me define me. I’ve let it help me in my future. It’s taken me on a different path, but I haven’t let it destroy me. I’ve let it empower me.”

Foord has been selected for 21 ICONS South Africa Season III to honour her courage and bravery following her traumatic gang rape by four men in 2008. Her story is both moving and inspirational and demonstrates the strength of purpose in the face of adversity and that human beings can make the best of their situation if they are able to surpass hardship and strive to be the best version of themselves. She’s a testament to the human spirit that we can overcome suffering and achieve greatness.

On the future of South Africa, Foord comments, “Let’s stand up as South Africans, let’s stand together as the rainbow nation and fight for our country. There is so much opportunity! I think individually we can all make a difference but we need to come together to make a change.”

In her short film below, Jes discusses the formation of her foundation the Jes Foord Foundation (JFF) with photographer Gary Van Wyk.