Women abuse book launched

2019-03-07 06:02
Ntomboxolo Mcopele signing a copy of her new book for Thandiwe Mtshali standing . Waiting for his turn is Bongile Magazi.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Ntomboxolo Mcopele signing a copy of her new book for Thandiwe Mtshali standing . Waiting for his turn is Bongile Magazi.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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At the age of 18-years-old most young people are completing their matric and shaping their lives, but Ntomboxolo Mcopele was stuck in an abusive relationship with a man she thought loved her.

Mcopele claims she was sexually abused by her boyfriend for seven years. In the process she says she had multiple miscarriages, suffered from depression and wanted to commit suicide.

“I lost my self esteem because of hardships and I had to forgive a person who sexually harassed me,” said Mcopele.

While most people would rather go to the grave with such information, the 28-year-old decided to pen down her plight to inspire other young women to be cautious.

The Khayelitsha mother of one said, she decided to write the book to motivate other women going through the same to speak out.

Mcopele said she started writing her book in March last year after initially keeping the information in her diary. She says she was reluctant to divulge the information, worried that people would judge her. However, her zeal to motivate other women forced her to make the information public.

After nearly a year of compiling the book, Things My Daughtershould know, a book launch to place at the Milk Restaurant on Thursday 28 February.

The book lays bare some chilling stories about how Mcopele suffered at the hands of a man who was supposed to love and protect her.

“I decided to write this book so that I can inspire other women who are abused in their relationships,” she said.

She also hopes to help young women to say no to men who are abusing them and wants to teach men how to treat women.

At first she did not feel comfortable sharing her ordeal with the nation, but felt it could help others which is why she then decided to write about it.

Mcopele said she decided to host the launch in Khayelitsha because she believes that there are many township women that go through abuse but never report or talk about it.

Mcopele said it cost her about R25 000 to get the book published and that it sells for R250.

If anyone would like to get a copy they can call her on 078 427 9398 because it is not available at any book stores at the moment.

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