#BreakFree: Rape victim Amber Amour shares trauma on Instagram!
New York, Jan 8: In a shocking incident, a New-York based activist has alleged that she was raped by a youth inside the bathroom of a hostel in South Africa. Just minutes after the horrific incident, the bold victim blogged the gory details of rape on Instagram.
27-year-old woman, Amber Amour is a feminist campaigner, who shared her traumatic experience "to give other victims the courage to speak out".
Ironically, Amber was in Cape Town, South Africa in Nov 2015, to promote a campaign of "Stop Rape. Educate". Besides narrating her harrowing ordeal, she also posted her picture online, in which she is seen crying inside the bathroom.
She agreed to take bath with a man named Shakir, who raped her. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire UK, Amber revealed that Shakir, who seemed to be drunk, kissed her and asked her to join him in the shower to which she agreed.
'I said yes because the water at my current hostel is pretty cold and after two 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', she explained.
Most of the Netizens came out in her support on social media with #BREAKFREE, as trending hashtag. However, some blamed Amber for the rape, as she had agreed to take shower.
"I have all those f****d up feelings that we get after rape...shame, disgust, suffering,' she wrote. 'I'm here, alone, and any DNA has been wiped away in the shower", she further wrote.
"I tell you guys to speak up every single day and I know that I need to practice what I preach. It is so incredibly hard, though, but having you all here for me makes all the difference", she added.
'No matter what a person does, it is not an invitation for rape,' she argued in the photo caption. '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", she further expressed.
Amber told Marie Claire that she first experienced sexual violence at the age of 12. In Sept 2014, she started a campaign called 'Stop Rape. Educate'.
Here's what she wrote on Instagram:
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