Meet Alison Botha – A woman who Survived Rape and Multiple Stabs

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Written By Muhammad Abdullah

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Some incidents turn your life on its head. Some of them occur, fortunately, while some are bad.

Alison Botha battled against everything and started a new chapter in her life despite the horrifying tragedy that occurred to her. Alison was just 27 years old when she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Anybody would be incensed and in tears about her ordeal.

This is all you need to know about Alison Botha’s experience and how she managed to avoid being repeatedly stabbed and raped by her captors.

A Typical South African Girl

When the incident occurred, Alison Botha was a normal South African young woman. When she was just 10 years old, her parents were divorced. Along with her mother and brother, she was raised in Port Elizabeth. Alison was the head girl at the Collegiate High School for Girls and a diligent student. She spent her time traveling and seeing new locations after graduating.

Alison was an insurance broker when she was attacked.

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The Attack

Alison was kidnapped on December 18th, 1994, not far from her South African home.

After a routine night out with her pals, the woman drove back to her Port Elizabeth apartment. The 27-year-old felt a presence behind her as soon as she parked her car. A guy attempting to enter the car was brandishing a knife. She was imprisoned inside her vehicle by the assailant, who also gave her instructions to switch seats.

She complied with instructions and shifted to the passenger seat out of fear. The man got into the driver’s seat, pressed the gas, and fired up the vehicle. He introduced himself at the time as Clinton and claimed he had no intention of hurting the woman; all he wanted was to use her car for an hour.

Clinton picked up his pal and then drove to a different part of the city. The men then took Alison in their car and drove her far from the city.

A Night Out with Friends

It all began with a simple night out with pals. Along with her pals, Botha drove back to her residence in Port Elizabeth. For a short while, they engaged in talk, games, and pizza. Botha drove the final buddy home after the night was over. Then, the next day, the same thing happened again. Then, the next day, the same thing happened again, and so on. She was imprisoned.

The man picked up an accomplice while seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. For the terrified woman, the guys had grand intentions.

Men Attack Botha

Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger, the guys, led Botha to a desolate spot outside of town. Before they sliced her throat so severely that it almost severed her head from her body, the guys alternated raping her. After dismembering Botha, the duo left her for dead.

Both of the guys, who had a history of abusing women, were assured by Botha that she couldn’t resist them if they tried to rape her. The guys desperately attempted to murder the woman after raping her.

She was put to sleep by being smothered with a sack, but she survived. The guys decided to stab Botha, leaving him with more than 30 abdominal wounds. Afterward, the woman claimed that the men were intent on taking her organs.

She showed signs of life with the twitch of her leg. Then the guys severely severed her head from her body by cutting her throat 16 times. The men left the scene believing she could not possibly survive the savagery they had inflicted on her, yet she did not pass away.

Botha had a death wish for her. She scribbled “I love mom” and the names of her assailants on the soil underneath her with her finger.

Botha had the fortitude to fight for her life rather than perish. She subsequently remarked that she needed to survive because “my life was too important to let go of.”

The Attackers Raped and Stabbed Her Multiple Times

Frans du Toit, not Clinton, was the person who claimed to be him; Theuns Kruger was his acquaintance. Both males have a history of abusing women.

They asked Alison if she would fight them and then said they would have sex with her. Already terrified, Alison just wanted to live. She retorted that she wouldn’t quarrel with them as a result.

The lady was sexually assaulted by Toit and Kruger, who also tried to suffocate her. Although feeling asleep, she was still alert.

You’d be upset to find that Alison was stabbed 30 times in the abdomen before she passed out. Her insides were torn apart. The men assumed she had passed away. But, they immediately noticed her leg moving. They became upset by that, and to eventually murder and get rid of her, they sliced her neck 16 times.

She heard the sound of her skin being sliced when they slit her. Alison attempted to make sense of what was going on, but it all seemed improbable.

They were certain that she had been killed after repeatedly stabbing her and slicing her throat. After leaving her corpse on the ground, they returned to her car and sped off.

The Woman’s Fight for Survival

Call Alison Botha’s survival of all that happened to her that night a miracle. She decided that the night she would pass away, she would do everything it took to help the police find her killers. Alison then scrawled the names of her assailants on the ground. She added the words “I Love Mom” beneath.

Alison was in excruciating discomfort at that point. She had given herself over to death. She was about to draw her final breath when she noticed headlights coming from a neighboring road. If she made it to the road, she reasoned, she may survive.

The Woman’s Fight for Survival

The courageous woman tried in vain to get to the road by standing up. She was weak from the agony and stabbing. She could practically feel her intestines leaking out of her belly. She had to struggle to stand up after several falls due to injuries and blood loss before she could reach the road.

Alison was rescued by the Passerby

As if by design, a passerby came to her aid on the lonely, dark roadway. The exact route had been traveled by Tiaan Eilerd, a veterinary student. He observed Alison laying in the center of the street. To assess the situation, he stopped his automobile.

Tiaan treated Alison’s blood, wounds, and cuts with the use of his veterinary training before promptly dialing for help. He went so far as to say that God had purposefully led him to that route that night.

Alison was quickly taken to the hospital. The injuries she had sustained astonished the physicians. They were even more startled to see Alison was still alive after sustaining so many terrible wounds.

Alison’s Recovery and the Arrest of her Abductors

The courageous woman was able to recuperate from her terrible wounds during the ensuing months. She even gave the police pertinent details about her assailants. As she was in the hospital getting well, Alison recognized both of the attackers from photos taken by the police.

Even worse, they were called “Ripper Rapists” by the media. They were promptly detained by the police. Both accused entered guilty pleas on eight different counts, including attempted murder, abduction, and rape.

The court found them guilty and imposed a jail term on them in August 1995.

Alison’s Life After Attack

The tale of Alison Botha is nothing less than a tragedy. The incident became known in other areas of the world. Several folks couldn’t believe how the woman made it through the night!

A documentary about her life was produced in 2016. The documentary depicts her miraculous escape while reenacting the horrifying events from that night. Alison was interested in telling the world about her experience. She talked in more than 35 countries while traveling the world.

She also made history by being the first woman in South Africa to discuss rape in public.

Alison was felicitated with Several Honors

Alison Botha was named Port Elizabeth’s Citizen of the Year in 1995. The Rotary Paul Harris Award for Courage Above and Beyond the Norm was also given to her. Alison received the Woman of Courage award from The Femina Magazine as well.

Almost 30 stab wounds were made to Alison’s abdomen. Despite their best efforts, the assailants could not damage her reproductive system. She gave birth to her first kid in 2003.

Botha has hidden her past from her two sons

When they started dating, Botha and her husband, Tienie Botha, were longtime acquaintances. A year after her attack, they reconnected and grew close over their shared melancholy. Tienie’s unresolved childhood trauma was the cause of her sadness. Alison stated to IOL:

“I believe that while we assisted one another in escaping the “dark,” our relationship grew stronger due to our shared desperation. Given that we will be together for the rest of our lives, talking about the future seemed only logical.

In February 1997, Alison and Tienie got married. Danial, their firstborn, was born in November 2003, and Matthew, their secondborn, was born in November 2006.

She declared that having children was the most significant thing she had ever done. “To realize that it is all genuinely about someone else is an immensely humbling experience.”

Botha has committed to being honest with her boys about her experience. She told The Sunday Times that she preferred to share her knowledge with others than to have it revealed in a book or on television. But before she discusses anything, she waits for others to inquire. She uttered:

“My eldest son asked about the scar on my neck when he was around five years old. I simply stated, “Mother got harmed, and sometimes you acquire a scar when you get hurt.” And it was sufficient. They direct themselves based on what they can take in. As they have grown older and become more cognitively capable, they have become more curious.

Know More About Alison’s Life

The tale of Alison Brotha merits knowledge. After going through such a tragedy, the woman persisted. She now enjoys enormous fame and is a well-known motivational speaker.

Alison left her job and commenced public speaking in December 1995. She told the public her tale and described how she handled the trauma and her daily life.

The documentary Alison was directed by Uga Carlini. I Have Life and For the Difficult Times: Alison’s Survivors are the other two novels the woman has written. These two novels discuss her experiences.

Know More About Alison’s Life

Alison Botha was named to the Hawaii Pacific Health Executive Board in January 2020. She keeps telling her experience to inspire, uplift, and heal others while reminding them that they may also choose not to be victims and instead choose to rise above.

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