Rape: How not to be a slacktivist

2013-02-27 08:55

As the outrage over the rape of women and children continues to dominate headlines and conversations on social networks, Zinhle Mapumulo asks: How can we help?

While slacktivism (expressing outrage on social networks without getting involved in a cause) has its place, People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) spokesperson Nonku Khumalo says people can offer help in other ways.

Khumalo says Powa encourages people to adopt a survivor at a shelter and contribute towards their skills training.

This, she said, “would enable them to have some sort of training when the finally exit and they can get employment”.

“A lot of these women leaving the shelters go back to their abusive partners because they are financially dependent.”

People could also make donations to shelters. “It doesn’t have to something big, but anything that a woman starting life from scratch can use,” she said.

The Rape Crisis Centre in Helderberg, Cape Town, lists more ways to help:

» Join a mailing list of an organisation fighting against rape and share information about it;

» Donate rape packs to shelters that contain a new panty, bath soap, face cloth, tooth brush, toothpaste, sanitary pad, and something special such as a note, a sweet or a deodorant;

» Host a table at a fashion show and educate patrons about rape and how they could also lend a helping hand; and

» Donate second-hand clothes, books and furniture to organisations which helps rape survivors.

» Are you involved in an organisation that does great work in this field? Send the details to web@citypress.co.za or leave your comment below.

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