(Rekord East / Screenshot)
(Rekord East / Screenshot)
The days have gone by and the world keeps spinning on its axis but the fresh memory of what had allegedly happened at the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, remains fresh in our memories – especially in that of the seven-year-old girl.
The trauma one experience after falling victim to rape is unimaginable. Even more so when you are a little girl. She will need as much therapy as possible and all the love and support from her family and close friends.
Concerned South Africans took it a step further and created a fundraising campaign on BackaBuddy, a popular crowdfunding platform.
The creators wished to remain anonymous. For them, it is not about getting the praise for doing good, it is about prioritising the mental health care of the little girl who was allegedly violated.
“We prefer to remain anonymous in this campaign – We don’t need any recognition or importance out of it, what’s important is that we come together as concerned South Africans, and help this young victim, whose life has all but been destroyed.
“Our team was saddened and disturbed by the events and our hearts go out to the victim and her family.” one of the campaign creators said in a statement.
These funds, the campaign creators hope, will kick-start the recovery process for the little girl and her family. They will give her the second chance she never asked for.
“We know that rape can traumatize the victim emotionally for years afterwards, so we hope the funds raised will be used for therapy and rehabilitation for the victim so that she can have some semblance of normality or even happiness again.
“Therapy is very costly these days and we know for many people it is not possible to pay for it. Having said that, we are also happy for the family to use these funds in any way they see fit – We trust the family will know best what to do to help their daughter under the circumstances, and we will certainly not dictate how the money should be spent.” they added.
Since the campaign went live on Wednesday, 3 October, it has raised over R80 000, all thanks to the donors who contributed – one of whom donated R31 018.97
Zane Groenewald, BackaBuddy’s Public Relations Officer, detailed how these funds would be managed since the recipient of the donation is a minor.
“All funds raised with this initiative will be strictly managed by Backabuddy NPC. Funds will only be released to the family directly or to relevant practitioners identified by the family.
“The anonymous campaign creators will have no access to the funds. In the event that we are unable to reach the family, donors will be informed and refunded accordingly” he explained.