Helping other women by telling her story

FORMER TV and radio personality Tracy Going held the audience enrapt at her book launch in Port Alfred last Saturday, as she related the horrifying tale of the abuse she received from a man she was in a relationship with.

TELLING THE STORY: Author Tracy Going, centre, with The Bean and Olive owner Jo Wilmot, left, and Carey Webster, at Going’s book launch at the restaurant on Saturday Picture: JON HOUZET

Going’s book, Brutal Legacy, is about this relationship and its aftermath, and was a personal catharsis for her to deal with the demons.

She was invited to launch her book at The Bean and Olive, as part of their NeverToForgetJourney series. The restaurant was jam-packed with locals, mostly women but a few men too.

“We read other people’s stories to know we’re not alone,” Going began.

She said the latest statistics were that three women are killed every day in South Africa, and comparatively, in a country like Italy, a woman is killed every three days.

“Do you know what it takes to kill a person with your bare hands? How much brute force it takes?”

She said Brutal Legacy was not a redemptive story, despite how much she put into it.

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.