- Two women from Pretoria north shared their experiences of being abused by men
- Bontle overcame sexual assault by 5 men in 1 day to become a motivational speaker
- Maria gained courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and is now studying
Two courageous women have shared how they overcame gender-based violence and reclaimed their lives.
27-year-old Bontle Ntshudisane and 24-year-old Maria Qamata are both students at Tshwane North TVET College in Hammanskraal, Pretoria north, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, Bontle said a friend lured her into taking nyaope, saying that it would help her lose weight.
However, she became addicted to it and ended up being sexually assaulted four times in two years. In one instance in 2014, five men targeted her in one day.
Fortunately, she managed to turn her life around and is now pursuing an N3 diploma in electrical engineering.
Bontle is also using her experience as a youth motivational speaker in a bid to help others avoid a similar fate.
Maria also recounted how she lost her mom at the age of 11 and was placed in foster care in Cape Town. She explained:
While I was there I met a loving boy who promised me the world, I was 15 and he was 18. At 17, I moved in with him but things changed when I fell pregnant.
Her boyfriend sent her to his family in Hammanskraal, where he physically abused her every time he visited.
Maria eventually gained courage to leave him. She is now pursuing a level 3 diploma in safety in society. She's also a motivational speaker.
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