Support 16 Days campaign

2015-11-26 06:00

THE 16 Days Of Activism For No Violence Against Women And Children began on Wednesday, the aim of which is to create awareness about the negative impact of violence against women and children.

The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December and was adopted in South Africa in 1998. On the South Coast, there aren’t many places of safety for women and children who have been raped or abused, but one of them is the Thuthuzela Care Centre at Port Shepstone Hospital, which offers several services to victims.

Operations manager, Sister Duduzile Ndlovu, said the centre comprises many departments - the National Prosecuting Authority, Department of Health, South African Police Services, Department of Justice, Department of Social Development and non-government organisations, all of which offers their services to abused victims at the centre.

“The number of sexual assault cases seen in a month is between 40 and 70. There are also men seen, but very few adult males come forward to report rape. The most common cases include young boys that were
molested by older males or teenage boys who were raped by adults and who then practice the same with other boys,” she said.

The physical signs of sexual abuse in children include blood on the underwear, vaginal discharge, pain on micturition or when passing urine, difficulty in walking and persistent touching on the vagina, especially for toddlers.

Emotional signs include forgetfulness, social withdrawal, bed wetting, loss of appetite or overeating and promiscuous behaviour or use of big sexual words.

“During this campaign the public is asked to donate toiletries to the Thuthuzela Care Centre. These are used by victims after examination since they need to have bath afterwards,” said Ndlovu.

The centre will be holding special programmes, educational talks and the like during the 16 Days campaign and supporters are encouraged to wear a white ribbon for the duration of the campaign.

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