The owners of the Six Senses Zil Pasyon hotel have hired an ARMY of the best Seychellois lawyers to defend the rapist.
Experts have estimated their legal costs for offensive against me at around $100,000. Moreover, the co-owner Laura Valabhji is very well connected lawyer in her home country, her husband Mukesh is close friend of ex-president Albert Rene, so the level of lobbying we are dealing here is sky-high and unreachable for mere mortals like ourselves. The owner of The Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas brand is a multibillion asset management firm Pegasus Capital Advisors
. I work as a senior PR specialist in businesses with social impact, but the wages I earn are not enough to pay for legal expenses, travelling costs to the Seychelles and living expenses while we testify in court. I am a single mother of a 10 years old son, which puts on me extra financial obligations. Once the decisions in legal cases are announced, I will be ready to talk and give my time and resources to help women rights organisations. But I know why I should talk and will talk.
A lot of women who went through the same nightmare stay silent. They don't even go the the police. But this kind of crime is the most traumatising event for a woman for the rest of her whole life. A woman who was raped needs justice because it helps her to recover. If we don't win these cases in the court, nothing will change in hotelier paradigm; there won't be transparent security protocols, the humiliation of women who were raped in this country will continue. If we do not speak out, if we don't go to courts and fight for justice, nothing will make hotel's management responsible for our safety while we stay at their hotels.
If we do win, part of the compensation will be forwarded towards The Sisters Center, a Russian non-governmental non-profit organization that helps survivors of sexual violence
, who helped me as well. A share of the compensation will go to to non-profit organisation PEN International
who supported me last year. I am also planning to support Committee to protect journalists (CPJ)
who helped me with a lot of contacts and professional advice. Expenses and fundraising:
I have already paid 10 000 EUR to the lawyer who is in charge of the civil suit, Frank Elisabeth. This was donated by one of my clients as well as my initial medical expenses and travel expenses - 7 000 EUR - to testify in the hearings in the criminal case hearings that were held in the end of December 2017.
PEN International donated 1200 EUR grant which I spend to cover expenses to go through initial post-traumatic therapy.