Cape woman shares moving story of surviving gang rape ordeal

Cape Town woman Lily Reed has retold the story of her horrific rape ordeal and the journey to spiritual healing which came after.

Reed was gang-raped, robbed and beaten by twelve armed men during a home invasion in Malawi in 2012.

Her six year-old daughter and her partner’s nine year-old son were held hostage to witness the events of that night.

In her book The Dark Seed, she writes about finding hope and forgiveness following the traumatic experience.

She says that the ordeal helped her learn more about herself and the determination of the human spirit.

Reed has now devoted her life to helping counsel and empower other rape survivors and vulnerable women.

It was an absolute tragedy what happened, but I've come out of it so string.

Lily Reed, author

The house was invaded by 15 men and I was raped and tortured by 12 of them.

Lily Reed, author

The kids were there to see it. My partner's nine-year old son and my six-year old daughter were there to witness it all.

Lily Reed, author

My partner had left for the night. I was hit in the head with an axe.

Lily Reed, author

My arm was broken. My ribs were broken.

Lily Reed, author

I contracted five different strains of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Lily Reed, author

I fell pregnant by my partner and lost the baby a year after because of all the ARVs I was on.

Lily Reed, author

I wanted to share with the world that there is that light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn't have to destroy you.

Lily Reed, author

It's all about your mindset and what you take from the experience.

Lily Reed, author

Instantly I was moved to help other women.

Lily Reed, author

Take a listen to her share her moving story:


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Financial guru Sylvia Walker pens book to help women build, protect their wealth

Financial guru Sylvia Walker pens book to help women build, protect their wealth

Author Sylvia Walker says that the book aims to empower women to become financially savvy, irrespective of their marital status.

SA-born author Gerda Saunders pens book about living with dementia

SA-born author Gerda Saunders pens book about living with dementia

Gerda Saunders published her memoir "Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia", which has received international acclaim.

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand pens moving letter on living without alcohol

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand pens moving letter on living without alcohol

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand wrote a touching goodbye letter to alcohol and shared it on air, along with advice on staying dry.

Msizi Nkosi pens tell-all book on picking up the pieces after alcoholism

Msizi Nkosi pens tell-all book on picking up the pieces after alcoholism

TV and radio producer Msizi Nkosi opens up about his life struggles and debut novel, "I'm a Different Mess than I Was Yesterday."

Have nurses become desensitised to the trauma of patients?

Have nurses become desensitised to the trauma of patients?

Nurses allegedly turned away a four-year-old rape survivor from a Paarl Hospital because the child was not bleeding.

Popular articles
'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

Deputy Editor of Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha says branches were warned but did not listen, and he has no sympathy.

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Vice-Chancellor of Wits University Adam Habib says Zuma's promise requires about R40 billion in order to be fulfilled.

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

Listen to what President Zuma had to say on Friday at the #ANC54 Gala Dinner ahead of the elective conference.

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced that some delegates will not be able to vote in this weekend's elective conference.

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

The DA has suspended Patricia de Lille from party activities but Eusebius McKaiser says its statement 'is clear as mud'.

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

Connor Weber, fell unnoticed into a bin of water and drowned.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.