No word from top level sports administrator as rape allegations surface


Johannesburg - There has been a deafening silence from a top level sports administrator following a claim by former ANC MP and singer Jennifer Ferguson that he had raped her. 

Ferguson claimed in a post on social media, and subsequently in her blog, that the man had raped her 24 years ago in a Port Elizabeth hotel. 

Extensive attempts by News24 to contact the man, his organisation and his lawyers were unsuccessful. 

Ferguson’s claim comes as women around the world share their stories on social media about rape and sexual assault as part of the #MeToo campaign, in the wake of allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

- Read more - #MeToo: Women reveal sexual harassment stories in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

In her blog post, she describes the alleged incident and the aftermath. 

"I was in a state of complete shock and pain. Bewildered. Not sure what to do. I washed and left the hotel and began to walk. I reached the beach and sat there a very long time trying to process what had happened. The thought of going to the police felt intolerable," she said in her post.

"What would I say? Should I have screamed louder? Fought him off harder? Had I been complicit in some way? All these questions raged in my mind.

"I wept…"

She says she made the disclosure 24 years later because people needed to understand how hard it was to come forward with incidents like these. 

"Even for those of us who can move mountains when it comes to activism, political and social engagement, cultural creation, performance on stages. It has been hard to come out with the truth. Why? 

"Because somewhere there is a template of shame and wrongdoing, a thought that it was my 'fault' And that I no longer need in my life.  Survivors of abuse do not need to feel any shame anymore. We are not to blame. We are not guilty of anything."

She said she was not revealing the information to "get revenge" against the man. 

"I am doing this so we can help each other be courageous, speak out and begin to heal as we find we are not alone. I know there are many of us out there."  

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