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Rape In South Africa – It’s Getting Out Of Hand!

The current rape statistics in SA are shocking! Just in the past few weeks I’ve seen article links on twitter about an elderly woman, an infant, a young girl AND a student waiting to register for university, being raped. What is even more shocking is that we’ve learnt to live with it. We’ve become so hopeless because even justice, which is very seldom served, can’t undo what has been done to the victim.

So what must happen now?

1. Campaigns aimed at men

I’ve seen some campaigns on TV such as the Brothers For Life campaign in which men encourage men at home to be REAL men, i.e. good fathers, not beat women, not rape, take care of their children etc. This is a very good idea; unfortunately the impact thereof can’t be tracked or tested. One can only hope that the message gets across to the right people.

Here are pictures from another campaign called Don’t Be That Guy. This one is particularly aimed at those guys who use alcohol or drugs to lure women.

Dont Be That Guy 1

Dont Be That Guy 2

Dont Be That Guy 3

Dont Be That Guy 4

2. The Women’s League needs to speak up

Another factor that is not helping the status quo is the silence of the ANC Women’s League, which is probably the biggest women’s organisation in the country. Of course rape affects us all and combatting it needs for us all to put hands on deck, but when the women’s league says nothing about an issue that affects so many women, whatever efforts are being made are  feeble. The voice of the women’s league could add much needed impact. Their silence is just too loud at the moment.

3. Stop making rape jokes

Jokes such as “I blew my rape whistle, but no one came to rape me.” need to be put to an end. Jokes about rape, no matter how funny you think they are, make the matter “light” and contribute to the ignorance and notion that it is okay. Rape cannot be taken lightly. It needs to be taken seriously and with due urgency.

Of course these aren’t guaranteed to put an end to rape, but they could just make the struggle more bearable. We need to realise that rape is not just a women’s’ issue. It is a social issue. One in which we are all affected. So it is vital that we all take a stand, report incidents and continue adding our voices.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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