Behind Closed Doors in White South Africa: Incest Survivors by Diana E. H. Russell

By Diana E. H. Russell

The reason during this booklet is to rip away the veil of secrecy that surrounds incestuous abuse in white South Africa by way of offering 5 in-depth own bills of this heinous type of sexual exploitation as advised by means of the survivors. every one of those debts comprises an research of significant incest-related matters raised by way of the survivor's tale. one other goal is to discover the connections among the customarily merciless sexual exploitation of women via their white male kin and the brutal exploitation of black humans through white males in South Africa.

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After a while it seemed as if he didn't need sex from me any more because he got plenty elsewhere. I was glad that Christopher was a boy because if I'd had a girl, I'd have always been afraid of what my husband might do to her. I'm going to bring him up so he'll never do the things his grandfather did to me. Battery My husband started hitting me about two months after I got pregnant. He hit me because he was very jealous. Everywhere I go, men always give me attention. He didn't like that because he thought of me as his.

I don't want Christopher to become like his father - always drinking and jolling [partying] and with no sense of responsibility. I had nightmares about my husband and his family poisoning Christopher's mind against me. If my husband's family had taken him away that night, I'd never have seen him again. I'm afraid that if Andrew gets the chance, he'll take Christopher to Britain. Although he has the money to look after my son, he doesn't behave like a father to him. He picks him up, tells him he loves him, then puts him down again, and that's it.

The relationship would last only if I didn't have sex with them. Afrikaner men are like that. All my boyfriends were the same. Sex was fine while I was having it, but I always felt guilty afterwards. I didn't know if it was right to be doing it without being married. I didn't use any birth control and the men didn't either. I had orgasms with some of them but not with others. Some were good lovers and others weren't. Then suddenly I stopped having orgasms until I was married. When I was 19, I had a six-month relationship with a 29-year-old man called Dawie [pseudonym].

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