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Help survivor return to school

A rape survivor from the Helderberg is determined to reclaim her life.

The teenager, who attended school in the Helderberg, was so traumatised by her ordeal she dropped out of school last year.

Unable to be named for safety reasons and for reasons of extreme sensitivity, she suffered severe sexual abuse at the hands of a close relative for some time before reporting it.

The immense trauma she suffered has given rise to a mental illness, so she can no longer attend a mainstream school.

According to Amanda Jones, corporate fundraiser of the Patch Helderberg centre for child abuse, the facility receives new cases of sexual assault daily, and the rape case in question is one Patch regards as being among the most heinous.

“The degree of abuse this poor child suffered is unspeakable,” she pointed out.

Jones, who has been with Patch for almost 10 years now, and others at Patch actively strive to support child victims of sexual abuse in the Helderberg area. “We are set on changing a life on daily,” Jones says.

“Seeing the survivor go from strength to strength on each week is encouraging.”

The rape survivor’s affiliation with Patch Helderberg started last year, and she has attended weekly therapy sessions at the facility every week.

“It takes a lot of courage for her to want to return to school, even though a relapse could be triggered by almost anything,” Jones explained.

Because of the severity of the girl’s abuse, Patch has started a campaign to enrol her into a private school to which she has been accepted, but she needs assistance from the public to attend the school.

“We need to secure funds for school fees for this year,” Jones said.

V To contribute to the teenager’s school fees, send an email to mandy@preciouspatch.co.za.

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