My father is the grandfather of my child

Date: November 22, 2012
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“I was only nine years old when my father started having sexual relationship with me. I really cannot explain how it all started but there was no violence and he did not force me.

This lasted for nearly four years. I cannot explain why I accepted and why he did it. May be I thought it was normal because he was my father. He was not violent and has never taken out my clothes by force.

Nobody knew about this until one day while I was cleaning the house I could feel my cousin staring at me. She could not take her eyes off me. I started to question her and she said that she saw that there was something inside my belly. I was taken aback and said there was nothing under my dress. She insisted that she saw something and came closer to me to touch my stomach. We were both horrified to learn that indeed there was something. She immediately told my mother and my uncle who then accompanied us to the doctor. The doctor confirmed that I was six months pregnant.

I attended antenatal visits at the hospital and the baby was born by caesarean. I stayed in hospital for a few days while the Child Protection Unit investigated my case. After my stay in hospital instead of returning home, I was sent to the shelter with my baby. I was told that my father went to prison because he should not have had sex with me.”

This story is a personal account and has also been used in War@HomeGender Based Violence Indicators Study Mauritius Country Report by Gender Links.



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