WATCH: Victim describes the trauma of punitive rape

File: Nobel laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad said victims were sometimes valued less than commercial interests.

File: Nobel laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad said victims were sometimes valued less than commercial interests.

CAPE TOWN - As the country commemorates 16 days of activism, a young woman from Khayelitsha recounted the day she was raped.

She was only 20 years old when the man -- armed with a knife -- raped her throughout the night before she managed to escape the next morning.

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The woman blamed herself for the assault, saying that the rapist took advantage of her because she is a lesbian.

The rapist is now behind bars, but the victim continues to live in fear of others in her community.