Lost Girls of South Africa

gretchen

Around a third of rape victims are abused by a close relation. 13-year-old Gretchen is highly unusual in that she took the initiative and turned to her school principal to help get her out of the house and away from her father. He asks social services for help, but their response is that because the child left the family home herself, there is nothing they can do and the teacher must simply take her back.  We follow his fight to keep Gretchen safe from a father who freely admits on camera that he is addicted to the drug mandrax (methaqualone) and that he shares a bed with his daughter – though he denies he has ever sexually abused her.