Church marches agianst abuse

2015-11-26 06:00
Members of Lukhanyo Seventh Day Adventist Church Women’s Ministries (AWM) marched to raise awarness for 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, on Sunday, in Langa.

Members of Lukhanyo Seventh Day Adventist Church Women’s Ministries (AWM) marched to raise awarness for 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, on Sunday, in Langa.

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Langa residents have taken to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children with such gusto that they kicked off the activities with a march on Wednesday.

Lukhanyo Seventh Day Adventist Church Women’s Ministries (AWM) took to the streets with the theme: “End it now.”

According to the leader of the church, their campaign dated back to 2005.

Pastor Mandla Lupondwana said they decided to start the campaign was already on a roll by Sunday last week.

He said women, children, the disabled, the elderly are normally at the receiving end of abuse.

Lupondwana said it was a known fact that congregants were not immune to incidents of violence, although most chose to suffer in silence.

“They tend to keep their torment secret over many years.”

“There are church members who are also victims, but the problem is that it takes years before they speak out about it.

It becomes a part of their marriages or relationships.

We are also making awareness to anyone to report the abuse as soon as it starts, which is part of our policy as the church towards abuse.

We sometimes intervene in these abusive relationships, but if we see that it does not end, we end the relationship,” he said.

He said residents should know that abuse is not normal and they must stop accepting it.

“We also create awareness to children to report if they are abused and find someone who will believe them. We as pastors do counselling to church members, but they prefer that we keep it confidential. We know about abuse in churches as well. There are people who defend abuse and claim that it is African of which it is wrong. It is one of the things that were done before, but that does not mean they were right,” he added.

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