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Spotlight on Rape: A new doccie tells the story of Alison Botha's vicious rape

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

The horrific story of Alison Botha still remains in the minds of many South Africans till this day.

On December 18, 1994, Alison was raped by two men, stabbed more than 30 times in her abdomen and left for dead in a deserted area of Port Elizabeth.

Speaking to Pippa Hudson, Alison says she was 27 years when all this happened to her. She says it is a miracle that she survived that incident.

She says after her ordeal she made a choice not to let her offenders dictate the rest of her life.

We don’t have to blame other people of how we are feeling; we need to take responsibility of our choices of how we respond to the stuff life throws at us.

Alison Botha

Listen to the full conversation below:

Pippa Hudson also spoke to Uga Carlini, a film-maker who has turned Alison’s story into a documentary film.

Carlini only heard about Alison's story a few months after it happened. But it was when she was given the rape survivor's book and listened to Alison speak at her former school, that she thought to herself “I would like to tell her story”.

In 2011 Carlini met Alison after using many of her contacts to get Alison’s email address. They met in a coffee shop, talked, became hit it off. Alison agreed to work with Carlini on a documentary of her life.

The documentary will be released in a few weeks as part of the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town. It is also scheduled to be part of a number of other festivals both in South Africa and abroad.

Listen to Uga Carlini speak about a documentary film on Alison Botha:



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