How about declaring a truce on violence against women and children, and finally make it an everlasting one?
With 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence approaching themed “Count me in”, Men Against Rape echoes the theme and we want to be a voice that propels action. It would be remarkable if men, real men, can come out in numbers and cause a stir against the gender-based violence and the children abuse plight.
Imagine the level of freedom women and children would delight in if there was no rape, no child abuse. Sounds like a fantasy? Actually it is well within their rights to walk from place to place freely, without any fear of intimidation or anything like that.
This year South Africa will be taking part in the global campaign, which runs from 25 November until 10 December, for the 18th time. However, after all these years the question still remains, ‘When will the evil stops?’
Men Against Rape is greatly troubled by the alarming rate at which abuse against women and children keeps on intensifying and with an aim to get men actively involved in breaking the silence, the organisation has a number of in-house campaigns scheduled for all the 16 Days.
Let’s become a voice that drives action!
It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are after a sexual assault. Please know that you’re not alone.
Here are three tips about what to do if you or anyone you know has been raped:
- Find a safe environment, away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.
- Remember that what happened was NOT your fault.
- Ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam to preserve forensic evidence.
You may not have safety had control over the situation but you have control over what you can do thereafter.
Your rape does not define you.
You are a beautiful individual and being a victim of rape does not make you any less beautiful.
Do not question your life choices, you were and are not at fault. Being a rape victim was not because of the clothes you were wearing, it was not because of the underwear you were wearing that made your confidence level rise. It was not because you decided to go out and have a good eveing.
Rape is an act that should not be tolerated.
At Men Against Rape we stand up against sexual assaults, we are against these individuals being a part of society and are determined to lower the rape statistics on South Africa and the world alike.
Here are the scary facts!
Rape Day is a controversial video game where players are allowed to take on a powerful, dominating character who commits sexual assaults such as kill and rape female characters during a zombie apocalypse. The game is said to involve elements of violence, sexual assault, non-consensual sex, obscene language, necrophilia and incest.
About the game:
Control the choices of a menacing serial killer rapist during a zombie apocalypse. Verbally harass, kill and rape woman as you choose to progress the story.
It’s a dangerous world with no laws. The zombies enjoy eating the flesh off warm humans and brutally raping them but you ate the most dangerous rapist in town.
Rape Day is a choice driven visual novel. It does not include grinding or any other time wasting activities. So skip the foreplay and enjoy your Rape Day: you deserve it.
At Men Against Rape we are against this game as it may stir up stimuli within the gamer to want the physical sensation. There has been an increased devastation around this game. When we stand up against something we do not approve of we can make a difference. This can be seen with the removal of Rape Day from Steam.
The company which owns Steam, said it had removed the game because it “poses unknown costs and risks.”
This decision had come about due to furious reaction against it online. Petitions were organized in several countries on Change.org, calling Steam to remove the game. An Australia a petition gained 3, 000 signatures, while another petition accumulated 8, 000 signatures.
There is no guarantee that another game of the same or a similar nature may arise again although we can say for sure that Men Against Rape will always stand against attributes of this nature. #Real Men Don’t Rape, not even in a virtual reality!
The content below may not be appropriate for younger views. Please refrain from watching if you are sensitive to information in relation to sexual assaults. The content may by offensive to some viewers.
Rape statistics have recently showed that over 40% of all the rapes in South Africa are committed against children. These stats came direct from the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and they have left the nation feeling even more worried and unsafe.
In a parliamentary reply to a question from the DA, Cele revealed various numbers for child murders and child rapes over the last three financial years.
Of the 124 526 total rape cases reported in the last 3 financial years, children were the victims of a sickening 41% of these cases.
In the same time period, 2 600 children were also murdered. That amounts to 5% of the total murder numbers across the country.
“This also means that at least 46 children are raped every day and at least two children are murdered every single day in South Africa. Only 21% of child rapes cases and only one in three murder cases resulted in successful convictions,” said Zakhele Mbhele, DA Shadow Minister of Police.
The numbers become even more frightening when you realise that the number of child rapes has continually increased over the years.
In 2014/15, there were 15 520 child rapes reported. Only 1799 ended up in successful convictions. In 2015/16, 16 389 were reported. Just 2 488 were convicted.
In 2016/17, the numbers rose even further to 19 071. Thankfully, there was a small improvement in convictions; 6 366 were convicted.
“The horrific brutality with which these children were murdered is also frightening. Weapons used, include firearms, axes, spades, pangas, hammers, belts and poison– many of these children were practically butchered to death,” Mbhele said.
“Something is seriously amiss and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, must take a firm stand against these senseless losses of life and the brutal murders of our children.”
While the overall rape crisis in South Africa has long been well documented, it seems that South Africans had no idea that the problem was so severe amongst children.
It seems evident that we as a society are still not doing enough to protect our children.