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LISTEN: Khumbul'ekhaya's Andile Gaelesiwe opens up about being raped by her dad

Activist and Khumbul'ekhaya host Andile Gaelesiwe has spoken out about her sexual abuse ordeal, at the hands of her estranged biological father.

The courageous media personality has long been known as an anti-rape activist and advocate for sexual rights.

Read: Activists to join forces for nationwide campaign against gender violence

She took to social media to share her experience after a photo of her father surfaced on Twitter.

Gaelesiwe, founder of the Open Disclosure Foundation, was raped by her father at the age of 11 and first opened up about her ordeal in 2002.

I was visiting my dad. He had reached out to me.

Andile Gaelesiwe, activist and Khumbul'ekhaya presenter

One Friday night at his house, he was sitting on the bed watching TV.

Andile Gaelesiwe, activist and Khumbul'ekhaya presenter

He told me to come over to the bed. He tickled me and next thing I knew he was on top of me.

Andile Gaelesiwe, activist and Khumbul'ekhaya presenter

When I could get away from under him, I ran into the bathroom. I locked myself in there and spent the night there.

Andile Gaelesiwe, activist and Khumbul'ekhaya presenter

I never saw him after that.

Andile Gaelesiwe, activist and Khumbul'ekhaya presenter

Also read: Why 'I believe you' are important words for sexual assault survivors

Gaelesiwe says she has shared her story so that other sexual abuse survivors can speak out and know that they are not alone.

She says that there is no prescribed time for survivors to open up about their story.

Take a listen to her speak out:


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