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Learners raise awareness against child abuse and rape.

posted 21 Aug 2013, 06:35 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 28 Aug 2013, 00:01 ]
On Tuesday, 13 August 2013 Star For Life Coaches hosted an awareness campaign against child abuse and rape. This awareness campaign was held at Mthwazi Combined School, in Kwa Zulu Natal and was attended by learners, teachers and several government departments who took to the dusty street of Mkhuze to raise awareness against child abuse and rape.

A learner carrying banner written slogan against rape and child abuse.

Learners carried banners with slogans against child abuse and rape, some of which read; “I am not your sex object” and marched from the school to the centre of the town through the residential area of Mkhuze. The grade seven learner Sinenhlanhla Mdluli said that they were tired of being the victims of rape and urged her peers to report such offences to the police. Sinenhlanhla chanted “Rapists out there we’re not going to let you take our freedom away from us, we will fight you with all that we have!” One of the concerned street vendors who joined the march said the rape cases in the area were on the increase, some children are sexually abused by their relatives and those incidences are usually not reported because parents are protecting their family members.

Learners together with teachers and other stakeholders marching.

Coach Nokukhanya Mazibuko stressed the importance of obtaining counselling after incidents of rape and child abuse. She also urged parents and teachers to always be on the lookout for changes in the behaviour of their children, “Children who are victims of such crimes, usually change their behaviour some of them lose focus and interest in their school work”. The school Principal Mrs Gumede said learners travel long distances alone which often makes them the target of rapists. She noted sadly that some of the cases often include instances of incest, increasing the difficulty learners face when reporting and coping with such cases.

The Social Worker from the area Mr T.C. Myeni said the campaign sought to voice the anger against women and child abuse in the area, “It is important to raise any kind of abuse immediately, let’s join our hands as teachers, parents, government  and other concerned organisations and break the silence”, said Myeni.