Thursday 12 December 2019

Anti-Rape activist defends posting on Instagram 'a few moments' after alleged rape

Clare Cullen

An anti-rape activist has been forced to defend her actions after she posted immediately on Instagram following an alleged assault at her hotel in South Africa.

Amber Amour (27) posted on Instagram that she had been attacked by a man in the shower "a few minutes ago".

In the post she detailed what had happened. In following posts she then detailed the process of reporting her rape and undergoing the procedure to determine rape often referred to as a "rape kit".

The first photo is a photograph of Amour crying with a caption explaining what had happened. She had been at her friend's hostel to leave a note for him when she met a man she knew. The two had once kissed but nothing more had come of it. 

She wrote that she had agreed to take a shower with the man "because the water at my current hostel is pretty cold and after 2 days of being sick, I just really wanted a hot shower".

She detailed the attack in which she claims he became "violent" and that she passed out during the attack.

"As soon he got a chance, he threw me to the ground and had his way".

"I have all those f*cked up feelings that we get after rape...shame, disgust, suffering".

Amour was in South Africa for her 'Stop Rape. Educate' campaign, which aims to encourage victims of rape to "speak up". Amour launched the initiative following an attack endured in her home state of New York.

Speaking to Marie Claire magazine, Amour said that she "couldn't keep what had happened a secret... I had to practice what I preached".

"So the first thing I did was take a picture and write a post, describing what had happened".

The man accused of the rape told police the pair had consensual sex, Marie Claire reports.

"For those who wish to BLAME ME or any other survivor out there, I want you to know that you are the very reason that I am so brutally honest. I could have hidden details".

"No matter what a person does, it is not an invitation for rape. It doesn't matter if I kissed him. It doesn't matter if he was drunk. It doesn't matter if I said yes to a shower. I never said he could get violent with me. I never said he could make me bleed. I never said he could rape me".

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