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Author: Yvette Abrahams

Title: Was Eva Raped?

Subtitle: An Exercise in Speculative History

Journal: Kronos. Journal of Cap History / Tydskrif vir Kaaplandse Geskiedenis

Volume: 23

Issue: -

Year: November 1996

Pages: 3-21

ISSN: 0259-0190 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | African History: South African History; European History: Dutch History | Cases: Victims / Krotoa (Eva); Types: Interracial Rape; Victims: Trauma



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Abstract: »Considers the relationship between a Khoisan woman named Krotoa (but called Eva) and the Dutch settlers with whom she came to live at the Cape of Good Hope in the 1650’s. The author examines whether she was raped subsequent to her years of service to commander Jan van Riebeek’s wife. The conclusion is that she could have been, and if so, she was the first in a line of Khoisan women to suffer the same fate.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  The Historiography of Rape (p. 6)
  Conceptualizing Rape (p. 8)
  Rape Trauma Syndrome (p. 9)
  Eva's 'childhood' (p. 11)
  The Teenager (p. 14)
  Becoming a woman (p. 17)
  Conclusion (p. 20)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of South Africa / History of the Cape Colony before 1806, History of South Africa (1652–1815), Khoisan | History of Europe: History of the Netherlands | Trauma: Rape Trauma Syndrome