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"You wouldn't have recognised me if you'd seen me at the hospital."

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"How come I have a child? Well, I don’t really know ... I was drunk."
Jents
I was 17 years old when it happened. I was out with my girlfriend one evening. I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a lesbian. On the contrary; I’m proud of my love. That evening my girlfriend and I got separated around nine o’clock and then I realised that two boys were following me.

“We’ll show you what it’s like to be with a real man.”


Name:
Jents
Age:
23

I knew one of them. I knew that I had upset him earlier and that they’d decided to teach me a lesson. They shouted “You’re not a man! You’re going to find out what it’s like to be woman!” Then they tore my clothes off, beat me and started to rape me. That’s the last thing I remember.

The police found me and took me to the hospital. You wouldn’t have recognised me if you’d seen me then. They had beaten me with bricks. My teeth had been pushed in and I was in hospital for two weeks. The police started an investigation but it was closed after three months. I don’t know why. I was never given an explanation.

There are many lesbian women who have been subjected to ‘corrective’ rapes. 

There are many lesbian women who have been subjected to ‘corrective’ rapes. The men say they will show us “what it’s like to be with a real man”. As if that would change us, or our view of love.

But I’m alive, even though they tried to kill me. I’m still a lesbian, and proud of it. I love my girlfriend. We stay at home most of the time, we don’t go out much any longer.

How come I have a child? Well, I don’t really know … I was drunk. I’m not sure what happened, but I got pregnant. I’m happy it happened. I want children. Doesn’t everyone?