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Gang rape and further sexual assaults

May 05 2001 is a date that will always be tattooed on my brain as that was the day I was raped. I was coming home from work and to save a few pounds I decided to take the bus. After a few minutes I realised I was being followed. It was before 8.30 so no shops were opened for me to go into so i kept walking in the hope they would leave me alone but thing then got worse. 2 of the men grabbed me and dragged me down an alley beside a pub. The other 4 guys with them followed laughing and jeering at me. One kept saying you’re going to get it. My clothes were tore from me then they took turns in raping me. When they finished they all were laughing then walked away and left me. I can’t remember how long I lay there for after but I remember becoming conscious that people would be going to work and i didn’t want people seeing me. I put myself together as best I could and walked the remaining distance home which was only a few minutes away. My housemate who was going to work saw me and went mental. I was so ashamed at how I looked coming in I couldn’t tell her so I locked myself in my room. The day become a blur then a friendly knock come to my door it was the police. They kept asking if I was raped but I couldn’t bring myself to say I was so said no. I was taken to the hospital where tests were carried out. I eventually caught a look at myself in a mirror and the image looking back at me was unrecognisable as my face and neck was bloody and bruised. As it turned out all 6 men raped me and they didn’t wear protection so I had to get tested for stds. I made my statement to the police accepted all the help and therapy provided. But to this day my rapists have not been found but I still live in hope that one day I will get the call telling me they have them. I eventually picked up the pieces of my life and moved on. That was until one night a much older man grabbed me when I was out. I don’t know why i didn’t make a big deal out of it cause what he did was assault but I decided to give him a fools pardon cause he was drunk. I got a new job a while later and I found out the guy who grabbed me was the director of the coming. He must have seen me working there as a green light for him cause on a staff night out he pushed me against a fence and began fondling me. I asked him to stop and he did. Come Monday morning I was offered a pay rise but instead I resigned. I didn’t report it or sought the help that I needed. Thought I was coping but I wasn’t now 8 years after that attack I am living the life of a recluse I don’t leave the house unless I need to as I see my Home as being the only place I am safe. I know my story is long but my advice to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted is to seek help in dealing with your ordeal don’t end up like me. You cannot go through this experience on your own so reach out to someone who can help.

— Survivor, age 37

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  • Alexis

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