Victim speaks out after being `drugged and raped`

Hayley's thighs, breasts, ankles and arms, were bruised during the rape. Pic: Northglen News

Hayley's thighs, breasts, ankles and arms, were bruised during the rape. Pic: Northglen News

A Durban North resident in KwaZulu-Natal has spoken out about her date-rape drug ordeal by an unknown man.

Hayley, who wished to only give her first name, said she has been left shattered, shamed and disempowered after her drink was allegedly spiked by an unknown man last Saturday at a bar with date-rape drug known as Rohypnol, Northglen News reported.

The perpetrator took Hayley to an uMhlanga flat, where he allegedly raped her. The victim woke up the next morning, naked and covered in bruises, with no memory of the events leading up to where she was.

“When I got to the bar, my friend told me she wouldn’t be able to make it. So I ordered a glass of wine and was going to go home after. I remember asking an elderly couple next to me to watch my table while I went to the loo. I came back, took another sip of wine and then completely blacked out,” she said.

“I’m disgusted when I think about what he did. It makes me feel shame, and it was a complete violation. Not remembering anything makes it worse. I remember waking up naked and asking who the hell he was. He told me that he did the honourable thing by not letting me drive home drunk. I knew something was wrong. He just made out I was drinking too much. He then went into the shower, and I remember sitting there, crying,” added Hayley.

The 43-year-old has been reportedly receiving counselling at the Jess Foord Foundation.

Her traumatic ordeal has also inspired her to begin a support group, which she hopes would give date rape victims a platform to share their stories.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learnt from this is not to leave your drink unattended,” Hayley said.

Last month a Metro police officer allegedly drugged and raped a 16-year-old girl in the back room of her mother’s house in Braamfischerville, Gauteng.

In a statement, JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the officer had been arrested by police in the wake of an alleged rape that happened on May 14.

“The case was opened following a report from the Independent Police Investigation Department,” Minnaar said.

– Caxton News Service

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