American activist live-blogs her Cape Town rape
Cape Town - A 27-year-old American woman who took to Instagram minutes after a man allegedly raped her at a Cape Town hostel, has come under fire for her story.
According to several international media reports, Amber Amour -- a self described humanitarian and anti-rape activist -- was in SA for her Stop Rape. Educate. campaign. In November, Ms. Amour claimed in a series of live posts that she was forced to perform sexual acts with a man with whom she had taken a shower with. She said that other than kissing the man, she did not give permission for any other activity and that he had raped her. In her initial post detailing the attack (find it at the end of thise article), Ms. Amour said that she had agreed to shower with the man because her bathroom facilities were poor and she was in desperate need of a hot shower.
The New York resident's live-blog included the aftermath of her attack, her rape examination and reporting the crime to the South African police. She said of local police: "I'm here, alone, and any DNA has been wiped away in the shower. The South African police will just roll their eyes when I walk in. Feeling sicker than ever now."
On the 26th of December, the activist took to her Facebook page to update the public on her case. She wrote: "It's been over 1+ month since the incident, I've been in constant contact with the police but guess what? They still haven't interrogated the man who raped me. They have his number, they know where to find him, but they keep coming to me to get *MY* story correct. Excuse me South African police, am I the victim or accused? Because I can't help but feel that I'm being treated like a criminal as the man who raped me roams freely."
On New Year's Eve, an excerpt of a lengthy post read: "The South African police are a complete waste of time. Women get raped every 3 minutes here. Imagine how many cases this defective is juggling? In a country where patriarchy and rape culture prevail, I will never see "Justice" with this system here." [Read her full post here]
Three days later (2nd January 2016), Ms. Amour told the public that her attacker had been arrested. His name was not immediately available, despite Ms. Amour claiming that he had been arrested, (presumably charged) and let out on bail of R1000. She also said that the case had been postponed until March 29th.
Meanwhile, the activist has come under fire from several people. Several comments about her story question her method of drawing attention to rape crisis.
Ms. Amour told Marie Claire magazine: "Some of my followers were totally supportive, but a lot of people weren't. I think I'd expected some negativity, but I didn’t realise how badly it would affect me - I thought I could handle it, but I couldn't. After a few days, I gave in and took a break from social media. My head was all over the place. "
Reader her full interview with the publication here.
Editor's note: Please note the graphic language in Ms. Amour's post below. An excerpt has been placed below. For the full post, click here.