A farm attack took place on 05 August 2020 at Beyers Naude Drive in the Zwartkop area of South Africa. Three armed terrorists forced their way into the house. Once inside they ordered the farmer to lie down and then tied his hands and legs. The robbers demanded money, but when they could not find any, they beat the farmer up and stole his cellphone.

The Attackers then took the FARMER’s 46-year-old wife and his 15 and 11-year-old daughters to a room AND raped them.

What in Gods name is one to make of this?

If you do not have money to reward these sub-humans for their trouble to invade your home, then the only currency accepted are the souls of your wife and daughters?

Beside the physical injury what will the victims of these heinous acts have to endure?

Let’s take the father for example – how will he ever forgive himself – knowing that he did not protect his family.

Can one even call this kind of genocidal crime – rape?

One source on the emotional and psychological injury suggest:

The younger victims may not even recognize what happened to them was rape and remain in denial for years afterward. Confusion shame, embarrassment, internalized that will forever haunt future relationships.

During the assault, the victim will have experienced impulses in ways they did not anticipate, haunting them for the rest of their lives when trying to understand their reactions. Perhaps they responded by ‘freezing up’ or becoming compliant and cooperative during the rape. A common survival response, which can cause confusion for others and the person assaulted. An assumption is that someone being raped would call for help or struggle.

Dissociation can occur during the assault whereby memories may become fragmented.

Trauma symptoms may not show until years after the sexual assault occurred. Immediately following a rape, the survivor may react outwardly in a wide range of ways, from expressive to closed down; common emotions include distress, anxiety, shame, revulsion, helplessness, and guilt

In the weeks following the rape, the survivor may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and may develop a wide array of psychosomatic symptoms include re-experiencing of the rape, avoiding things associated with the rape, numbness, and increased anxiety.

The likelihood of sustained severe symptoms is higher if the rapist confined or restrained the person, or if the person being raped believed the rapist would kill them.

The survivors may experience persistent complications that may manifest in anxiety, depression, substance abuse, irritability, anger, flashbacks, or nightmares. In addition, they may have long term generalized anxiety disorder, develop phobias, major depressive disorder, and may experience difficulties with resuming their normal lives and are at higher risk of suicide.

In short they paid with their souls.

Dear God, should we now be thankful they were not murdered by these terrorists?

Is Rape a Genocidal Act?

In 2008 the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1820, which noted that “rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide.”

Arrests made for the Attack

No arrests have been made. In a statement Constable Boitumelo Sehloho, the Muldersdrift Police spokesperson said, “Since the beginning of July Muldersdrift has been experiencing an increase in crimes such as house robberies”.

The Muldersdrift Police warned that attacks and house robberies are on the rise.

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