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Beauty from Ashes: A story of triumph

Santi Britz to tell tale of how she survived a brutal rape and attack in her home Supplied Santi Britz to tell tale of how she survived a brutal rape and attack in her home

Santi Britz to tell tale of how she survived a brutal rape and attack in her home

September 23, 2019
Staff reporter
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Women across all sectors, ages, and religious beliefs are invited to come and hear the incredible story from Potchefstroom business woman Santi Britz at the Woman of Faith magazine special event on October 13, 2019.
Britz’s tale of how she survived a brutal rape and attack in her home and turned the incident into a story of triumph will keep you spell bound. This act of violence left not only her world shattered but every member of her family was also affected in some way. The event takes place at the Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks.
Owned by former corporate employee Liz Naidoo, Women of Faith magazine was etablished in 2014.  Naidoo said she wanted to create a platform where Christian women could share their stories, struggles and success, ultimately learning and growing in their faith and love for God.
Recently released crime statistics this month show the number of reported sexual offences, including rape and other related crime has increased to 52,420 from 50,108.
The definition of rape is broad so of these sexual offences reported, 41,583 were rapes and this figure is up from the 40,035 rapes reported in the past year. This means an average of 114 rapes were recorded by the police in our country each day.
Santi’s story is one of these statistics. The difference is, with Santi’s story – there is a positive end and a future to look forward to.
Because today Santi has overcome this traumatic ordeal, turning her attack into a story of survival and ultimately – triumph. In her words ‘Beauty from Ashes’.
Almost straight after the incident, Santi soon found herself being called on by the local police to assist other victims. With the help of like-minded women in her community she went on to establish an organisation called iDuc or the Initiative for Dedicated Upliftment and Care. A registered non-profit organisation, iDuc works closely with the Rape Crisis Centre helping women and children who have become victims of this violence.

Santi raises awareness about the work of the organisation by giving motivational talks drawing on her own experience and appealing to women to stand together and speak out. IDuc also targets men educating them about their role in this rising crime in our country. 
“I believe, my rape, by the grace of our Heavenly Father, has made me a stronger human being,” she said.
Registration for the event is now open. Tickets can be bought through Liz. Corporate bookings for a table of 10 are also available as well as awareness display tables.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact her directly on 083 312 9383.