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A 22-year-old student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is now saying that for the second time around, she felt violated because of the reaction that she got from the local police and the university. She claims of being allegedly raped inside the campus bathroom.
The third-year student says that she was taken advantage by a man who was unknown to her. As shown in the CCTV footage, she was seen being stalked and followed while she was walking towards the bathroom.
The traumatised student, sobbing, confessed that she was drinking at the campus pub on Saturday, but suddenly felt the urge to use the bathroom. She, however, failed to notice that someone was already following her to the bathroom.
She says that as she was entering the toilet, the guy quickly pushed the door and then locked them inside. The girl was terrified so she begged him to get out. The guy on the other hand responded that he had seen her at the pub and wanted to talk to her but ended up getting ignored by the girl. She tried to scream for help, but the guy pushed her instead to the wall and raped her.
When another girl entered the room, the man ran away, and then she ran to call security, who in turn called the police. The victim has heard from other students that the school chooses to keep mum about rape cases and she felt hopeless afterwards.
According to the victim’s older sister, they are disappointed with the school. This they say that they did not follow up with the case. They have also not heard about the incident from the institution. She is now worried that her sister might not be given justice since rape incidents it seems are taken lightly within the confines of the institution.
She commented how students are blamed for being raped as a result of their drinking habits, but she could not understand why the victim is the one that has to suffer the blame when the school is the one that has a pub on campus. She also says that the Bellville South police station hesitated to take her sister’s statement because she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of her assault.
Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk on the other hand says that they are still investigating the student’s case.