'Speaking about abuse can prevent attacks'

A rape survivor today shared her experience at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

FILE: The woman must remain anonymous because the case against her alleged rapists is still underway. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A rape survivor said speaking out about abuse can help prevent further attacks.

Today, she shared her experience at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

The centre hosted an event called 'Air Your Dirty Laundry', where hundreds of children, police and fire services officials have taken an anti-violence pledge as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

She became emotional as she watched hundreds of children take pledges against violence.

The woman must remain anonymous because the case against her alleged rapists is still underway.

During the Air Your Dirty Laundry event, she explained she was raped in a field by two men who she knew in 2013.

"I can help the next person so that this doesn't happen to them. At the end of the day, those boys will also raise children and what you do to others comes back to you."

She'll stay at the centre until the trial against her attackers is concluded.