As the country continues to observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, victims of sexual violence are opening up on how they were abused.

One survivor was raped by an 80-year old man at the age of 3 and this is one of several stories that require urgent address.

Some are abused by close relatives while others fall prey to strangers.

One gory incident involved a three year old girl who was continuously raped by an 80 year old HIV positive man.

The survivor who is now 19 years old, reveals how her aunt took her from her mother who had re-married and allegedly exposed her to the 80 year old HIV positive man with the belief that his HIV status would be reversed.

Although the perpetrator was arrested, he died before completion of the trial.

Zimbabwe has made significant strides in addressing gender based violence resulting in more people opening up on issues of abuse.

In Zimbabwe, 27 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 have reported cases of sexual violence while global research suggests one in six men experiences sexual abuse before reaching the age of 18.