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“This happened so many times, I lost count,” Sarah Guenterwho said they were repeatedly assaulted in their home, as were their two daughters, told vicewho made the 2013 documentary The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia, The girls woke up with dirt in their sheets and feeling pain “down there”, she recalled. (Vice notes that the names of the abuse and rape victims were changed at their request.)
Ashamed and thinking it was happening in their home, they didn’t tell anyone at first. But once Guenter confided in his sisters, it didn’t stay a secret for long.
“Nobody Believed Him,” Former Neighbors Peter Fehr Told Vice. “We thought she was doing this to cover up her affair.”
But the coming out of Genter’s story also meant that more women in the Manitoba colony were speaking out about their experiences of waking up in pain, their bodies covered in blood, dirt and fingerprints, with rope fibers still around their wrists. And were glued to the ankles. Some had hazy recollections of crying before losing consciousness.