Leilani’s Long Walk: A rape survivor's journey to overcome, empower, support and inspire.

BACKGROUND:

South Africans have had enough of sexual violence against women and children. Women and men have marched against the unacceptably high rates of rape, sexual abuse, murder in Cape Town and Sandton, as official Police stats show that over the past year, an average of 114 rapes have been reported every day. This, as Stats SA found that only 1 in 9 rapes are reported in South Africa. A more accurate reflection of the rape reality in the country therefore is that on average 1026 rapes are committed every day in South Africa - that's 42 every hour. President Cyril has responded by calling a joint sitting of Parliament today (18 September) to discuss the issues and solutions.

For 45-year old Leilani Kuter from Roodepoort, these are not just figures and statistics.

This week, 27 years ago, she was raped and left for dead.

Leilani’s rapist was never found and brought to justice.

To mark this day and her journey to overcome the ordeal that changed her life, Leilani will be walking 27 kilometres a day, for 27 days.

This is to create awareness and to encourage silent rape survivors to speak out.

Leilani is also raising funds for comfort packs and counselling for survivors of rape.

She’s managed to raise R60 000,00 so far and is hoping to end on at least R270 000,00.