Jules is an gender activist and HIV educator living in South Africa. She grapples with the fact that one of her most trusted male friends attempted to rape her several years ago, wondering if he viewed her as “an easy target” because she had told him about her childhood sexual abuse. Ultimately, she challenges him to acknowledge the seriousness of his actions and honours those who truly love and care for her.
Note: This story contains explicit content and is recommended for mature viewers age 14 and up.
Key points to consider in viewing Jules’ story
Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse struggle with whether or not to share what happened to them. When someone they’ve trusted with this information betrays them, a double sense of violation can be triggered: one layer for the betrayal now, and a second for the betrayal in childhood. Jules’ story illustrates this dilemma and reveals a young woman determined to place responsibility for abusive behavior where it belongs: on the perpetrator. Her decision to speak out publicly is a courageous act towards breaking the silence about rape.