Mother tells of repeated rapes when she was just 4 years old: 'Something dies inside of you'

2019-09-10 06:47
Sisanda Solomon says that after her own experience with rape, aged 4, she cannot trust people around her children. (Thamsanqa Mbovane, GroundUp)

Sisanda Solomon says that after her own experience with rape, aged 4, she cannot trust people around her children. (Thamsanqa Mbovane, GroundUp)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

"I can't even let someone hold my kids on their lap," says KwaNobuhle rape survivor Sisanda Solomon.

Solomon, who spoke about her experience at an event in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, at the weekend, said she had been raped repeatedly by the same man when she was four years old, GroundUp reports.

"Rape takes something away from you. A small something dies inside of you.

"A man saw himself as God and took a decision to rape me."

Solomon said she had never spoken about her ordeal to a big audience before. "I speak about it because I want you to know there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

She described how her rape had left her with deep distrust. "I have three kids, but I don't want anyone around them. If I am not at home, I call home 20 times.

"I can't even let someone put my kids on their laps."

More than 300 women carried placards through the streets to the fan park, which they turned into a place of worship. They sang, prayed, lit candles and many of the women cried publicly, blaming men for killing women.

KwNobuhleMarch

Women dressed in black march through the streets of KwaNobuhle in protest against violence against women. (Thamsanqa Mbovane, GroundUp)

In a second protest, about 100 people wearing black gathered outside Port Elizabeth's City Hall on Friday afternoon.

Both groups were heeding the nationwide call to condemn ongoing violence against women and children in South Africa.

In Port Elizabeth, leaders of the DA and ANC sang the national anthem together on the doorstep of City Hall. 

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  gender abuse  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.