She had to,
as it was
too much
for her.

perchance because of
our Women’s Month.

She had to,
a victim she was
like countless others,
too many by far.

no front-page news,
no banners screaming.

She had to,
there was;
she perceived
no other way.

(inadequate support
structures in place
in spite of
our oft acclaimed

She had to
take her life,
a student activist
at a place of learning.

(where there is
a Rape Culture)

She had to
as it was
too much
for her.

is it not
too much.
for one and all
of us.

Morning SAFM radio quotes enraged student activists on the suicide of a Rhodes University Law student who battled with depression after she was raped in May last year.