Rape victim shares details of assault minutes after it happened, receives major backlash

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It is often a traumatic experience for rape victims to open up to anyone, and rare still for them to recount the details of their rape just after it occurs. However, this is not the case for rape survivor and activist, Amber Amour, who ‘bravely’ shared the details of her rape online just minutes after the assault.

Amber Amour
According to the 27-year-old, she was raped while promoting her ‘StopRape. Educate’ campaign in Cape Town, South Africa last year. Her attacker was a man named Shakir who she had agreed to share a shower with, who ended up assaulting her sexually. After the incident, instead of remaining silent and withdrawn like most rape victims,  Amber took to Instagram to share a photo of herself crying and a message detailing the horrific sexual assault.
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 @stoprapeeducatebut not today. Today, I need rest.#StopRapeEducate

Photo of Amber’s rape kit
 Amber, who also shared a picture of her rape kit, became the butt of insults and victim shaming from people who accused her of putting herself in such a situation. Some others supported her actions, maintaining that a rape incident should never be justified regardless of the circumstances.
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In an interview with Marie Claire UK, the feminist and activist revealed she was compelled to share intimate details of her alleged sexual assault on social media to help other rape victims speak up against their attackers.
”Here I was, telling survivors every single day that they should speak up… I knew I had to practice what I preached,’ she explained ‘So the first thing I did was take a picture and write a post, describing what had happened.”
What do you think?

Source: Daily Mail

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