Stories

Stories are both personal and powerful. They can help reveal the truth and they can challenge culture and custom. They open people’s eyes to issues and they bring light to dark situations.

This page is a collection of individual voices from around the world, that collectively speak out against sexual violence and bring light to the darkness experienced by so many women, men, girls and boys who have survived sexual violence.

This page is also an encouragement to those of us who have chosen to speak out against sexual violence but don’t know how to act. These stories share some of the work that faith leaders and communities are also doing worldwide to bring an end to sexual violence in their own communities.

 

To hear more stories, please select a markers on the map below, which highlight the story location.

To add your own story please select the type of story you would like to add here:
– Your own personal story about the difference the church respond to sexual violence has made in your life (add here).
– Stories of what churches have been doing to prevent and respond to sexual violence (add here).

 

Together our voices make a difference!

Siyanda’s story – in progress

I am a 23-year-old lady born and raised by a single mom in a township of Umlazi. I matriculated in 2012 and I was very passionate about travelling and exploring […]

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Sarah’s story – in progress

I’m 21 years old, I live in Durban. I live with my mother my sister and my brother. My mother is a domestic worker and we survive only on her […]

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Lu’s story

Coming into a new relationship, I didn’t know I was bringing my hurt into the marriage, but my support group has helped me in a huge way. As a Champion, […]

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Mary’s story

My childhood home was a warm home. We were good hearted people who were welcoming to everyone with a problem or who didn’t have a place to stay. We would […]

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Grace’s story

I suffered from depression and planned to run away. I was giving up and running, but my God had another plan for me. I met a lady from church who […]

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Ada’s Story

After my mother died I went to stay with my uncle who is a police man. At 12 years old, I was in boarding school. My uncle took me from […]

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Bible-Based Abuse

“Everything was based on religion; he would refuse to do certain things if he felt something was not righteous in the eyes of God.” (A friend of murder accused Sandile […]

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FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay’s message on ending SGBV.

FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay speaks about the urgency of ending violence against women and the importance of the start of 16 days of activism campaign on 25 November […]

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s World AIDS Day Message 2012

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Violeta’s Story

Violeta Ross, an anthropologist from Bolivia explains how she was raped and how this profoundly changed her life: how she contracted the HIV virus, how she contemplated suicide, and then […]

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  • Siyanda’s story – in progress

    I am a 23-year-old lady born and raised by a single mom in a township of Umlazi. I matriculated in 2012 and I was very passionate about travelling and exploring […]

    Read more

  • Sarah’s story – in progress

    I’m 21 years old, I live in Durban. I live with my mother my sister and my brother. My mother is a domestic worker and we survive only on her […]

    Read more

  • Lu’s story

    Coming into a new relationship, I didn’t know I was bringing my hurt into the marriage, but my support group has helped me in a huge way. As a Champion, […]

    Read more

  • Mary’s story

    My childhood home was a warm home. We were good hearted people who were welcoming to everyone with a problem or who didn’t have a place to stay. We would […]

    Read more

  • Grace’s story

    I suffered from depression and planned to run away. I was giving up and running, but my God had another plan for me. I met a lady from church who […]

    Read more

  • Ada’s Story

    After my mother died I went to stay with my uncle who is a police man. At 12 years old, I was in boarding school. My uncle took me from […]

    Read more

  • Bible-Based Abuse

    “Everything was based on religion; he would refuse to do certain things if he felt something was not righteous in the eyes of God.” (A friend of murder accused Sandile […]

    Read more

  • FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay’s message on ending SGBV.

    FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay speaks about the urgency of ending violence against women and the importance of the start of 16 days of activism campaign on 25 November […]

    Read more

  • Archbishop of Canterbury’s World AIDS Day Message 2012

    Read more

  • Violeta’s Story

    Violeta Ross, an anthropologist from Bolivia explains how she was raped and how this profoundly changed her life: how she contracted the HIV virus, how she contemplated suicide, and then […]

    Read more

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