Woman gang-raped at gunpoint in front of her father

Woman gang-raped at gunpoint in front of her father
Published: 2015 June 06 10:26:18 (7362 Views)
A woman who was gang raped in front of her father refuses to let the attack dictate her future.

A gun-wielding gang took it in turns to rape Jes Foord, 28, seven years ago while she was walking her dog near her home in Waterfall, South Africa.

'When I saw the men I assumed they would rob us,' Mrs Foord, who has since married, said.

'But they tied my father to a tree and held a knife to his throat while the others took it in turns to rape me. They were urging each other on and jeering.

'One ripped off my shorts while the other held a blade to my neck. One by one. I thought it would never stop.'

Following the traumatic attack, Mrs Foord took medication similar to that of cancer sufferers to prevent the risk of contracting HIV.



The drugs made her hair fall out and she was sick for weeks, she recalled: 'I had to take the morning after pill, plus TB and STD medication.'

Determined to seek justice, Mrs Foord gave evidence against the men – who mocked her in court but they were sentenced to a combined 107 years in jail.

Mrs Foord told how her father walked her down the aisle at her wedding to Jonathan, 28, in 2014 and later that year she and her husband had twins, Layla and Daniel.

Conviction rates are notoriously low in South Africa, so to encourage other rape victims to come forward, Mrs Foord waived her right to anonymity.

'When it happened, I decided I wasn't going to let it control me. They took something from me, but the rest of my life is mine.

'At first, I wasn't sure I made the right decision. But I started getting letters from well-wishers and I knew it was important.'



Source - Metro

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