Date: 24 May 2022
A first-year CPUT student was allegedly raped at a social event on campus last week, and police are investigating.
A stranger called her name at the gathering, according to the 18-year-old from Oudtshoorn, and drew her away from her friends.
"On May 14, we were informed that a student party would be held behind the dormitories at the SS hall. It was determined that my pals and I would go. I went out to socialize when we arrived, and I met a few new folks. I was conversing with new acquaintances who were near to my friends and could see me.
"After a while, I approached my group of friends and asked if we might leave because it was getting quite cold.I was drawn away from the crowd by a man who appeared out of nowhere.
"I recall him being taller than me and speaking in a deep tone. He addressed me by my first and middle names. I have no recollection of what occurred after I left the crowd with the man.
"I wear spectacles, and when I returned to the crowd, I was missing my glasses." The colour of my friend's jacket was the only way I could tell who she was. To get to the bathroom, I asked one of my friends to join me. I was covered in blood, according to my friend.
"It's been a week since we've seen one other. I was offered counseling by the institution. "I'm not sure I'm ready to open up just yet," she admitted.
Following the tragedy, the girl's family stated that they were unable to deal.
"When we consider what our daughter has gone through, we can't cope." It's a harrowing experience. We consider our troubled child. We need to see a therapist since we are unable to cope on our own. "We're hoping the cops do their job," stated one of the family members.
Colonel Andrè Traut, the police spokesperson, stated that an inquiry is underway.
"SAPS is investigating a rape allegation in which an 18-year-old female was reportedly raped approximately 10 p.m. on May 14 in Wellington. He added the culprit had not yet been apprehended.
"CPUT has an integrated plan of action in dealing with all rape situations that have progressed," stated CPUT spokesman Lauren Kansley. We'd need the case reported to our Campus Protection Services so we can coordinate our efforts with the police investigation and support the student as needed."
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