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From victim to victory

We all fight some of the worst wars in silence. But we need to know that we are not alone.
After years of living in silence because of shame and fear, founder of Women Power Force South Africa, Roslyn Moodley found the courage to step out of hiding and speak about the abuse she endured in her 26-year-old marriage.
As a step towards her own healing Moodley founded The Unravelling support group, for survivors of gender-based violence.

She is also the founder of Women Power Force South Africa which advocates for the bruised and broken whose sole purpose is to break the victim shaming cycle, dealing with all kinds of violence, bullying, betrayal and abuse.

She describes Women Power Force as an entity that gives women a safe space and a voice.

“I want women to come to us and when they leave us, they must feel love, they must feel what it is like to have somebody. My message to women out there battling abuse would be to come out of the closet and stand tall, enough is enough, your life matters”.

Moodley describes herself as the victor of life, the woman who has managed to go through all the stigmas of society and be a victim of circumstances but never once considered herself to be a victim. She is a firm believer of not giving away your power to the abuser. She says establishing the organization was as a result of her own personal experiences.

When she came to Johannesburg while still going through the divorce, she looked for people to help but couldn't find anybody to help me. Moodley remembers how she struggled through her tough times without any support.

“I didn't know how to take out a protection order. So, I decided I would open up this organization to help women take out protection orders in the comfort of their own home or with me. I would help them go to police stations to open up a case, show them the route that you take when they find themselves in such situations,” she says.



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Editor's note

American novelist Louisa May Alcott said it best when she said “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

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