'My stepfather raped me'- A Move! reader shares her story

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
Little scared (PHOTO:DREAMSTIME/SUPPLIED)
Little scared (PHOTO:DREAMSTIME/SUPPLIED)

I was seven years old when my biological parents broke up. I was an only child and had to live with my mother, according to their custody agreement. I remember every time I asked my mom about her relationship with my father, she would say my dad found a new woman.

I was still young but felt the pain of my father leaving and the pain of him starting a new family with someone else. Our lives were difficult. My mother was employed as a domestic worker but did not earn much. We received child maintenance from my father, but that too never felt like enough.   

THE GOOD LIFE:  A few years on, my mother met a new man. They were both single and ready to settle down.Soon, they were together every day, spending all their free time with each other. Nine months after meeting, they got married and immediately after, we moved into his house.

Support independent journalism
Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in