Rape Survivor Walks 450 Miles in 27 Days

She was raped and left for dead 27 years ago. Now, Leilani Kuter is inspiring other survivors to reclaim their stories after walking 450 miles across South Africa over 27 days. 💛

#YellowForSurvivors has now raised over $16,000 to help fund rape kits

Leilani Kuter decided to share her message of survival and walk more than 450 miles, over 27 days, 27 years later in South Africa. Kuter launched #YellowForSurvivors — just one way she is reclaiming control over her life.

“My rape happened 27 years ago on the 16th of September 1992, when I was brutally raped and left for dead. And I didn't talk about it for 10 years. I was only 18 years old. On that day when it happened, the police guy just had a very nonchalant attitude about it and he just said, oh, well, in Afrikaans, he said, in Afrikaans, that “it's the sixth rape this week.” And he had that kind of attitude about it. 12th day, done. 27, I can't believe it. I must say I'm very overwhelmed today. I'm a rape survivor, but in life, I'm a survivor because and I think this is also my message out there. This is what I'm saying. #YellowForSurvivors. I've met a lady and she was raped by six guys, and one wore yellow. And since I've been telling my story, she said Jamila Loney, for the first time, She went and bought herself a beautiful yellow jacket in the winter. We just in my in June in South Africa and then often talking to I realize The guy who raped me also had a yellow T-shirt on. And this is why I decided #YellowForSurvivors,” rape survivor Leilani Kuter tells Brut.

She's now raised over $16,000 to help fund rape kits and counseling for survivors of sexual assault according to the sexual violence fundraising organization BackABuddy. She also launched Date Night SA in 2014 — a dating resource site that encourages healthy relationships. She now plans to release a book and documentary in 2020 called Born to an Audience.


11/01/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 11/04/2019 4:37 PM
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  • Brut
    10/31/2019 14:53

    Learn more about more about Leilani Kuter's resource site for healthy relationships here:

  • Brut
    10/31/2019 14:54

    Learn more about Leilani's fundraiser for survivors here:

  • Valerie F.
    11/01/2019 10:35


  • Rishav B.
    11/01/2019 10:50

    The fact that rape and abuse victims even think that they might be at fault is the biggest failure of society. If just this attitude, this air around the subject changes wherein victims are supported and encouraged to seek justice, rape cases will fall, just from fear of society and social unity

  • Danelle K.
    11/01/2019 12:55

    Such an inspiration to so many people. So proud of you . Well done x

  • Sabrina W.
    11/01/2019 15:00

    This woman is amazing. Well done sister

  • Vivien D.
    11/01/2019 16:46

    Amen ,God is our Protector.

  • Betsie B.
    11/01/2019 17:23

    Jy is n wenner 😘💋❤

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  • Armida H.
    11/02/2019 06:09

    I deeply admire your strengh. You will give many survivors strengh and courage ...

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  • Sheeja P.
    11/02/2019 11:45

    a Home Truth I had to come upon the Hard Way …..alone in a remote estate I had to tell myself to deal with solitude, alienation, criticism and Constant Threat to Life …the Only Responsibility I had was to the 2 people I bought into this World …. being Strong was my only option and walking away …. from a hostile state called assam ….

  • Pie Z.
    11/02/2019 13:59

    I admire her for being brave. No one deserves to go through this kind of pain

  • Jayson G.
    11/02/2019 18:01

    I wonder if having a gun on you would have helped 🤔

  • Jonathan W.
    11/04/2019 09:24

    It’s South Africa. What did you think would happen? Not Trying to be insensitive but there’re places that kill their daughters for Being born a girl. Places where they ignore homeless children, kill a woman for showing her face. Or kill you for being a homosexual. What can you do with their beliefs? Like how they don’t believe in our beliefs.