Monday, 4 March 2019

‘I slept with more than 100 men after being raped’, – read survivor’s story


Catherine Njeri became a sex worker after she lost her virginity after she was raped in a friend’s room in campus. The third born in a family of four tried to scream for help but the volume of his sound system was too high and people from outside could not hear her.

During an interview with Hot96, Catherine said she was too ashamed to speak up about the rape and tried to cover the pain by dating older men.

I FELT LIKE MY WORTH AS A LADY HAD DIMINISHED.I LOST MY SELF-ESTEEM BECAUSE I WAS GOING THROUGH DEPRESSION. I STARTED GOING OUT WITH OLDER MEN TO FILL THE VACUUM I HAD IN MY HEART.
Catherine said finding men was not much of a hustle for her. She would go out for dinner, then later end up in bed.

JUST LOOK NICE, SIMAMA STAGE NA UTABEBWA. I USED TO GO OUT FOR DINNER, THEN END UP IN BED OR HAVING SEX  IN A CAR  IN A WEEK I WOULD ONLY BE IN MY ROOM THRICE, MOST OF THE OTHER TIMES I WAS OUT SLEEPING WITH OTHER MEN WHO WOULD NOT USE PROTECTION, AND NEVER GAVE A D*MN BECAUSE I HAD NOTHING TO LOSE.
Catherine got to a point where she did not care about her health status because she was only concerned about getting money. But she later went for a check up and tasted negative.

She said:

I’D RATHER BE HIV POSITIVE WHEN SOMEONE HAD PAID FOR MY SERVICES THAN WHEN SOMEONE HAD FORCED THEMSELVES ON ME.
Catherine has also starred in a porn movie that was allegedly shot for international consumption and was paid Sh20,000.

The self-proclaimed mental health ambassador has battled depression, suicidal tendencies and low self-esteem.

She said her depression got so bad, she thought dying was her only option.She tried to commit suicide more than five times.

I USED TO SEARCH ON HOW TO COMMIT SUICIDE. MY FIRST STRATEGY WAS TO JUMP INTO TRAFFIC, HANG MYSELF, TAKE POISON OR DROWN MYSELF IN A POOL.
Catherine now has a Facebook page which she uses as a platform to encourage and counsel those undergoing depression.

She said,

PEOPLE HAVE RUINED MY LIFE. MANY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF ME, BUT WHEN YOU HEAL OTHERS YOU WILL HEAL MORE. I WANT TO IMPACT AS MANY LIVES AS POSSIBLE.


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