Thulisa Mquqo is 23-years-old but she has already been through the worst thing any woman should ever have to go through.
She was raped at just 14-years-old.
Now, Thulisa from East London is a survivor and uses her story to encourage victims of sexual abuse that there is a life worth living after the terrible experience.
This is her story:
At 14 I was raped by 2 men on my way to buy airtime in my neighborhood. It was late in the afternoon and they come out of nowhere. They covered my face and dragged me away into an old shack. The worst part is, it was people I knew from my community.
It was a devastating thing to go through and at that point I thought that I had lost myself. I lost all that I was at that age. I was too afraid to tell my parents, so I told a friend at school. She encouraged me to my parents. I told them and we opened a case at the police station.
For about a year and a half I was in and out of court because of the trail but in the end my assaulters each got sentenced to 18 years in prison.
I became extremely depressed and I did not trust men, not even my own father and I just locked out everything and everyone. I went to therapy, but it didn’t help much because I still didn’t want to speak about it. I felt like I was dirty and ruined for life.
Over time I found God and I started getting healed spiritually, physically and emotionally.
I wanted to be someone who others can look at and see a survivor and not a victim. When I gained the courage I became a motivational speaker and I share my story so that other victims can gather strength and see that they are not ruined but they are warriors who have been through hell and survived.
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