Digital Stories - Vincent: I Have A Purpose

Creator: Sonke Gender Justice

Contact: Marlise Richter, marlise@genderjustice.org.za

Description: Vincent was raped by two gang members in an overcrowded cell in a Western Cape remand detention facility. This was his very first sexual experience. Vincent asked for help from nurses, wardens, priests, social workers, and even a magistrate who all rejected him and told him to expect this treatment in prison. He only received medical attention three years after he was raped when he was sentenced, and learned he was HIV-positive. Vincent calls on the Department of Correctional Services to stop this from happening to others, and encourages survivors to speak up. Vincent feels stronger than before, and says “I know I have a purpose in this life”.

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Country: South Africa
Population: People with HIV/AIDS, Sexual Assault Survivors
Issue: Access to Healthcare, Access to Justice
Length: 5 - 15 Minutes
Language (Spoken): English
Language (Subtitles): None