It is always said that life offers second chances, and that there is a key moment when one begins to see things differently. But what did he do Alison Botha (55) it’s really incredible: it’s reborn.
Alison experienced an extreme situation at just 27 years old. The young woman had gone out to a party with her friends and after having fun, the worst thing happened: two people raped, stabbed and slit her throatbut they failed to kill her.
The young woman managed to arrive in time for the doctors to miraculously save her life. Botha’s story has been told in a book and film titled Alison (2016), available at First video. How did he manage to survive?
The worst night of his life
Alison Botha was born in 1967 in South Africa. Her parents divorced her when she was ten and as a child she was raised in Port Elizabeth with her mother and brother. After graduating from high school, she traveled the world and returned to her home country to work as an insurance broker.
The worst day of her life would come on a special occasion for her. It was December 18, 1994, Alison had decided to celebrate with her friends when her death visited her very closely.
The girl was walking the streets of Port Elizabeth and. At that moment, she stopped her car in front of her front door and a man caught her in her vehicle and forced her to get in with him. A frightened Alison went on a road trip with her attacker, who went looking for another man (boths have been identified as Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger). The criminals took the woman to an area far from the city to do what they had planned with her: rape and kill her.
The men began to implement their plan: they raped her and were ready to take the young woman’s life. They first choked her and then started savagely stabbing her in the abdomen more than 30 times. When they were done, they discovered the woman was still alive, so they slit her throat 16 times. They left believing they had finally killed her: ‘Nobody can survive this,’ said one of them, according to a report Daily Star.
Incredibly the miracle happened, Alison was still alive. With his last bit of strength, he wrote the names of his attackers in the sand and headed for the road to try and call for help.
The victim reported it he had to go and keep his head because he felt like he was falling backwards. Also, she had to hold on to her insides so they wouldn’t fall out, and as she advanced, she could feel something protruding from her abdomen.
“As I struggled forward my vision blurred and faded and I fell many times but managed to get up until I finally made it to the route,” Alison recalled many years later according to the Daily Star.
Almost dead, Alison threw herself on the asphalt to cry for help. A car drove by and she called 911, but the ambulance arrived an hour later. Luckily, a young veterinary student named Tiaan Eilerd saw Botha passed out and came to his rescue before doctors arrived.
Eventually, Alison was assisted and miraculously saved. The woman, despite her near death, was very clear as to who was responsible for the horrific attack. She identified the attackers and local guards stopped them. At the time, the Alison Botha case was nationwide, and the press dubbed them the “Rape Rippers.”
Both Toit and Kruger pleaded guilty to eight charges including kidnapping, rape and attempted murder efThey were sentenced to life in prison in August 1995.. The two attackers identified themselves as Satanists, who carried out ritual abuse. “Satan really did try to steal my life,” Alison recounted many years later.
An example of overcoming
After what happened to her, Alison became the face of feminism in South Africa and helped thousands of women stop being silent. A year after the fateful attack, in 1995, the young woman met her husband, Tienie Botha: “I think our mutual desperation was the basis of our deep friendship as we helped each other out of the darkness,” she said moved. Alison telling about her love. history.
The couple married in February 1997 and have 2 children. After getting her life back on track and finding happiness in the family she had formed, she decided to tell her story and wrote a book called “I have life”. In 2016, the story of him was made into a film with the film “Alison”.
Today, Alison Botha is a renowned speaker and tells her story around the world: “The attack I suffered put me on this path where I can travel the world and help inspire other people,” said the woman about her new goal in life.
Mary Ortiz is a seasoned journalist with a passion for world events. As a writer for News Rebeat, she brings a fresh perspective to the latest global happenings and provides in-depth coverage that offers a deeper understanding of the world around us.