Kids’ thoughts on violence

2015-05-26 06:00

Local Grade 10 pupils took part in an anonymous postcard campaign by the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children to explore the motivation for violence.

The 600 pupils from Sea Point High School, Leadership College, Gugulethu Comprehensive Secondary School and Norman Henshilwood High School gave reasons for the use of violence. Here’s some of their feedback:

Reasons for violence

. When I am impundent and out of line and get smacked for it.

. When someone sexually harasses me.

. My mother deserves it when my father hits her.

. When men smack my bum because I am dressed inappropriately.

. In Islam the husband can hit his wife only if she disobeys more than thrice. He’s not allowed to hit her in her face.

Reasons against abuse

. Women should not be beaten, whether they are at fault or not. Everyone makes mistakes. Women do not deserve to be injured for a silly mistake like burning food. Men are just petty sometimes.

. A women should not be beaten, our Constitution and Bill of Rights says so. Everyone is equal, no-one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Women deserve respect, love and care and not to be beaten.

. When a woman does something wrong for her husband, they should talk about it and not fight about it.

. No one deserves to be beaten. It is not right

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