I'm the woman in the viral video and it was as bad as it looks – but I'm finally free of my abuser, Jaco Swart

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Videos of Nicoleen Swart's abuse have been circulating on social media and she's finally ready to tell her side of the story. (Photo: Onkgopotse Koloti)
Videos of Nicoleen Swart's abuse have been circulating on social media and she's finally ready to tell her side of the story. (Photo: Onkgopotse Koloti)

TW: Article contains graphic content 

The abuse happened mostly behind closed doors. She’d hide the signs the next day with sunglasses and makeup and tell no one – not even her parents.

“I covered it up, pretended it hadn’t happened,” Nicoleen Swart says. “Why? To protect him. Because each time he promised he’d never do it again.”

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