14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Elena, a tomatoe woman
Elena is 33 years old. “My former boss raped me for four years. I lived in a shack far away from Vittoria town centre. I was abused in the night. He showed me a gun. If I refused to have sex with him, he wouldn’t give me drinking water for my children and they would have to drink water containing herbicide”. Elena had no car and her abuser took her children to school every morning; he was an over 60 years old married man with two sons. “One day, helped by a friend, I quit. I reported the rapes and the abuse to the authorities and I was taken to a special place where I couldn’t work. After four months, I decided to go back to Vittoria and find a new job. No action was taken against the former boss and he is still free. Last December he found me and threatened my brother. Now I have a new job and I'm not afraid of him anymore. My friends say that I was brave to do what I did”.
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||Nov. 29, 2016, 8:37 a.m.