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Authors

Julia Wolfson

Abstract

Extract:

It is the mid 1990s in post-apartheid South Africa, buzzing with an ethos of social renewal, truth and reconciliation. In a rural community service for people with an intellectual disability a woman, Judith, is raped by Robert, a man with an intellectual di sabili ty who resides in the same community.

Historically, sexual violence in the lives of vulnerable people such as Judith has been met with disbelief, blame, ‘smoothing over’ or silencing. Thus, they often carry deep seated trauma on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

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