En 27-årig kvindelig aktivist var i Sydafrika for at sætte fokus på seksuelle overgreb mod kvinder, da hun angiveligt selv blev offer for en voldtægt. Det skriver engelske Metro.
»Der er kun gået få minutter, men nogle gange går det hele så hurtigt, at det kan være svært at huske alle detaljerne.«
Sådan indleder amerikanske Amber Amour en detaljeret opdatering på det sociale medie Instagram, der angiveligt skildrer, hvordan hun blev offer for en voldtægt på et hostel i Sydafrika.
Frem for at kontakte det lokale politi, besluttede hun sig i stedet for at bruge sin Instagram-profil, til at fortælle sine 20.000 følgere om det påståede overgreb.
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It was only a few minutes ago but sometimes these things happen so fast it's hard to remember all the details.... I've been sick for the past 2 days and today was my first day out. I went back to my old hostel to leave a note for a friend, Nick. There was another guy there, Shakir, who was desperately trying to get with me. I kissed him once but he seemed drunk so I told him it was bad timing, I had already met someone. Before heading out, I went upstairs to say hi to one more friend, Clyde from the states. Shakir followed me upstairs and said he was going to take a shower. He invited me to join. I said yes because the water at my current hostel is pretty cold and after 2 days of being sick, I just really wanted a hot shower. As soon as I got in the bathroom, he forced me to my knees. I said "stop!" but he just got more violent. He lifted me up and put his penis in my vagina. I asked him to stop, again, as I began to cry. When he shoved it in my ass, that's when I passed out. I woke up a few minutes later and saw him trying to creep out the door. When he saw that I was awake, he came back to finish me off in the shower. I have all those fucked up feelings that we get after rape...shame, disgust, suffering. I'm here, alone, and any DNA has been wiped away in the shower. The South African police will just roll their eyes when I walk in. Feeling sicker than ever now. Needless today, I'm going to disappear for a bit. Just need to enjoy the freaking sun and call my friends and family in the states. Love you guys. Thank you for always being there for me. All the more reason to continue @stoprapeeducate but not today. Today, I need rest. #StopRapeEducate
Ifølge Amber Amour er gerningsmanden en lokal sydarikansk mand med navnet Shakir, som hun mødte på et hostel. Den 27-årige feminist forklarer, at hun havde været syg i dagene forinden, og takkede ja til at gå i bad med den fremmede, på hans værelse, da hun var træt af det kolde vand på sit eget hostel.
Det var angiveligt i badet at voldtægten fandt sted, hvilket hun detaljeret beskriver i sin første opdatering om episoden. Efterfølgende lagde Amber Amour to nye billeder ud på sin Instagram-profil. Det første billede er taget mens hun er på vej på hospitalet, mens det andet billede viser hende ligge på en hospitalsbriks, ventende på at blive undersøgt.
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My view of the rape kit. Thank you all for being so loving & supportive during this time. Your messages pushed me to take action and to stand up for myself and for all rape survivors. For those who wish to BLAME ME or any other survivor out there, I want you to know that you are the very reason that I am so brutally honest. I could have hidden details. I could have kept some info to myself, but NO. You need to know the truth and to see the reality of the situation. No matter what a person does, it is not an invitation for rape. It doesn't matter if I kissed him. It doesn't matter if he was drunk. It doesn't matter if I said yes to a shower. I never said he could get violent with me. I never said he could make me bleed. I never said he could rape me. But still, that's how the scene went down. I don't need to explain myself but if you're wondering WHY I took a shower with him, it was written in the text, I'd been sick with food poisoning for 2 days and needed to sweat it out. My current place of residence has only cold water (third world problems are real!) and it seemed like a miracle to be offered a hot shower. That's not what he was there for though, because as soon as he got a chance, he threw me to the ground and had his way. Dealing with rape is hard enough but the aftermath is often even more traumatic but I did this for you and I did this for me. The US Embassy and the South African police are super supportive and he may be arrested as soon as this week. Thank you for the love. And for the victim blamers, I send love, peace, and enlightenment to you so that you may be a beacon of light for us, too. #StopRapeEducate #AmberAmour #AmberTheActivist #SouthAfrica #humanitarian #healing #education #africa #survivor #sexualassault #recovery #victimblaming #overcome #rapeculture #staystrong
I et interview med kvindemagasinet Marie Claire fortæller Amber Amour om, hvorfor hun valgte, at delagtigøre sine mange følgere på de sociale medier.
»Jeg vidste med det samme, at jeg ikke kunne holde det hemmeligt. Hver dag fortæller jeg andre ofre, at de selv skal stå frem. Så det var jeg nødt til at gøre selv. Det første jeg gjorde var derfor at tage et billede og skrive en opdatering som beskrev, hvad der skete,« fortæller Amber Amour til magasinet, ifølge Metro.
Den 27-årige aktivist er fronfigur for kampagnen 'Stop Rape. Educate', som forsøger at sætte fokus på seksuelle overgreb mod både kvinder, børn og mænd verden over.
Amber Amour opholder sig efter seks uger stadigvæk i Sydafrika, hvor politiet er i gang med at efterforske sagen.