I'm the Girl Who Was Raped

By Michelle Hattingh

I'm the Girl Who Was Raped
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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, ... Read more


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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 realizes she'll never be herself again. She is 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 chilld of a succcessful 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, and around the world, who are raped every day.

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 a senior online content producer at Marie Claire SA. This is her first book.

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"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

"Michelle Hattingh gives us a coming of age story in our rape culture. Her generosity provides young women with examples of self care, solidarity and intelligence with which to grow and thrive in spite of the horror of male violence against women."
--Lee Lakeman, feminist anti-violence activist and author of Obsession, With Intent: Violence Against Women

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