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: