The dangers of township life for women in South Africa are exposed by Anonymous’ recounting of her rape and revelation of her HIV+ status. Because her partner was not able to be supportive after the attack, she continues to have mixed emotions towards the two younger children she has with him.

Her ongoing struggle with depression make her feel that her troubles will never end.

Note: This story contains explicit content and is recommended for mature viewers age 14 and up.

Key points to consider in viewing this story

The topic of how men do or do not support their female partners in coping with sexual assault is rarely discussed openly. Anonymous’ story directs attention to this issue. It also focuses on the lasting impact of rape on women and families, the challenges of surviving in an abusive relationship, and the devastation of depression. The story brings the viewer into a very raw stage of Anonymous’ journey, when she is suffering from depression, isolation, and despair. Be aware of the reality of what she is going through and also think about how communities can advocate for services and policies that protect women and prevent gender-based violence.

Learn More

Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.

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Click here to download a facilitator’s guide, discussion guides and other Digital Stories resources to assist in the use of these tools in your community.