Zoleka Mandela opens up about S.e.xual abuse from Her Childhood

Zoleka Mandela opens up about S.e.xual abuse from Her Childhood


In the wake of the gender-based violence awareness, Nelson Mandela’s grandchild and proud mother Zoleka Mandela opened for the primary time about being a victim of sexual assault since her childhood.

Through a lengthy Instagram post, Zoleka began by sharing a quote by Jeanne McElvany which reads, “Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit whenever they smile.”

Sharing an image from her childhood, Zoleka revealed that she spent years and years blaming herself for the abuse she received from both the lads and therefore the women in her life. “This is me as a toddler , I spent decades blaming myself, believing that each one the sexual assault by both the lads and ladies in my life, I deserved.”

She added that from the instant that picture was taken, more abuse followed from those she trusted. “Not knowing that i might be physically and sexually abused even more (after this picture was taken) … convinced that I didn’t deserve more.”

Since then, she’s had many attempts at suicide because the pain was an excessive amount of in touch . She also disclosed that her addiction to sex and medicines was an effort to numb the pain.

“I’ve hated myself “so much that my many suicidal attempts, were an effort at ending a life I didn’t deserve, such a lot that my addiction to sex, drugs and alcohol was an effort at numbing the self hate I felt for many years because i used to be wanting to feel something good because I felt I didn’t have the proper and strength to measure .”

By sharing this, Zoleka hopes that a lot of victims of abuse can find the strength to prevent blaming themselves and stop inflicting pain on themselves as it’s not their fault. She also shared some powerful words of affirmation.

“But i’m quite what happened to me, quite someone who wont to self-harm or cut themselves, i’m much more than a lover , a survivor of depression and anxiety, quite a survivor. i’m deserving of the life i would like for myself, i’m strength, i’m self love, i’m worthy, I am love, a fighter and that i am a force to be reckoned with. i’m Zoleka!