I was robbed and sexually assaulted in Ethiopia by a guy I thought was a friend I could trust. He conned $620 from me, drugged my drink, and possibly raped me. In reporting him to the police and tourism board I found out that he’s a con man well known to the local law enforcement and has scammed/assaulted dozens of tourists. Apparently the reason he has managed to escape police custody is because he has connections with local officials, and that he’s good about laying low until the tourist leaves the country and can no longer report him. The tourism board and police is telling me that I should make an official report and submit all my evidence to the commissioner of the federal police commission in Addis on Monday. This means I have to extend my stay in Addis by 2 days.
Friends, many of you know I am a survivor of sexual assault long before this moment. I have lived with the knowledge that my abusers are out walking around today because previously I have failed to take action and report. I don’t want that to be the case this time. If the locals believe my report to the fedpol commission on Monday will make the difference this case needs, I want to be there. If I can prevent him from victimizing more tourists, then I want to be there. There is no time except now to make this report.
People like this shitbag count on tourists not reporting. They count on people like me cutting our losses and leaving, and not bothering to stick around long enough to start the due process with higher law enforcement.
I want him to be wrong about me.
Please, help me extend my funds by a few hundred dollars so I can make this happen. I know a couple people already helped me out with some cash, but this will hit where it counts, and with your donations I can start to pay those people back.
Yes, an experienced traveler like myself should have taken more precautions. I could’ve known better. I would have been more careful to not let my guard down. But I’m not going to spiral into self victim shaming. I’ve taken ownership of the choices I’ve made, and I will take ownership of this one. I don’t need pity or advice. I know what I have to do. Please help me nail this guy.
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