ISBN 9781920590628
Pages 198
Dimensions 198 x 129mm
Published 2016
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

I'm the Girl who was Raped

by Michelle Hattingh

That morning, Michelle presented her Psychology honours thesis on rape. It began: 'A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read...' That evening, celebrating her degree, she and a friend go to the beach, where they are both robbed, assaulted and raped. Within minutes of getting help, Michelle realises she'll never be herself again. She's now 'the girl who was raped'. This book is Michelle's fight to be herself again. Of the taint she feels, despite the support and resources at her disposal as the child of a successful middle-class family. Of the fall-out to friendships, job, identity. It's Michelle's brave way of standing up for the many women in South Africa who are raped every day.

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"A book that discusses the cross-cutting nature of the pain all women must feel when a man rapes them can only be welcomed".

Kathleen Dey, Rape Crisis, South Africa

"Compelling, clear and beautiful writing on such a necessary topic. She shatters rape myths on every page."

Jen Thorpe, gender activist, author of The Peculiars

About the Author

Michelle Hattingh

Michelle Hattingh was born in South Africa in 1988, and holds an Honours in Psychology from the University of Cape Town. She works as senior online content producer at Marie Claire SA. This is her first book.