Sue School and Rugby Coach – Childline

Childline says that legal steps should be taken against the school and the coach in charge of a group of boys who allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old boy on a rugby tour.

Childline advocacy and training manager, Joan van Niekerk, argues that the coach, who reportedly turned the victim away when approached for help, should have intervened.

"And these boys have to suffer the consequences; otherwise they will continue to perpetuate this kind of behaviour in public," explains Joan.

Partnership Against Increasing GBV

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called for concerted action to help combat the increase in rapes in the province.

Modise stresses the need to strengthen the partnership between the police, crime prevention structures, churches, faith-based organisations, women's organisations, NGOs and other civil society groups, to combat the sexual offences against women and girls.

Violence Against Women At ‘Crisis’ Levels – Xingwana

The South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, has called for Southern African countries to develop a comprehensive, holistic and integrated approach to end gender-based violence (GBV).

In her keynote address to the opening session of the third annual Gender Justice and Local Government Summit in Johannesburg, Xingwana, added that countries must continue to focus on the links between HIV and AIDS and GBV in strategies for prevention, response and support.

NGOs Offers Hope to Victims of Rape

The emotional pain caused to rape victims by their perpetrators might last for a lifetime but with counselling and family support victims can live a positive life afterwards.

With these words, Childline spokesperson, Lyn Caywood, is encouraging parents of three Soweto girls who were allegedly raped numerous times by their cousin to bring them to their centre for counselling.

Caywood describes the incident as a tragedy, adding that young people are adopting what they see happening in society.

Media Attention Needed for Cyber Abuse

Facebook, the world’s most popular social network with over 750 million members, has become an everyday feature of modern society, allowing users to stay connected with people from all across the globe. However, the relative ease with which it is possible to become ‘friends’ with total strangers on the social networking platform has resulted in some women becoming victims of cyber crime.

16 Days to Focus on Plight of Lesbians

The Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities says that this year’s 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women and Children will cover challenges faced by lesbian women, including 'corrective rape'.
Minister Lulu Xingwana, who highlighted that this year’s campaign will cover challenges of attacks on lesbian women, pointed out that, “We’ll seek to raise community awareness about the need to address so-called corrective rape and murder of lesbian women.”

Call for Botswana to Legalise Prostitution

Former Botswana President and head of that country’s National AIDS Council, Festus Mogae, has called on the country to legalise prostitution to make it easier to help sex workers prevent the disease.

Mogae, points out that, "Decriminalising sex work does not mean encouraging it, but it would rather pave way for policies that protect those who have been forced into the trade."

Women’s Day: Overcoming a Different Apartheid

It is an image that has become the symbol of youth resistance to political oppression. A young man, Mbuyisa Makhubo, runs through the streets of Soweto cradling the limp body of a boy, Hector Pieterson, clad in school uniform, blood oozing from his mouth. The boy's sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs along with the pair, her right palm open wide, her face inscribed with the horror of the fate that has befallen her little brother; a fate that befell many other young South Africans that day in 1976.


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