Game, an insult to women

2019-03-19 06:01

A woman led organisation, 1000 Women Trust in Fish Hoek has expressed its outrage, dismay and vehemently oppose the proposed release of the personal computer game Rape Day.

The controversial game lets players rape and kill women.

Tina Thiart, director of the 1000 Women Trust, said this is outrageous and they call on all women in South Africa to speak out and to join their movement to stop the launch and distribution of the game in South Africa.

The rape of teenagers and adult women and men incidents in South Africa is one of the highest in the world.

According to 1000 Women Trust one in three South African women are survivors of sexual violence. It was reported by the police that 41% of reported rape is of children under the age of 12.

“In the newspaper we read of the terrible incident of a young girl raped by her peers at a school outing,” Thiart said.

Thiart says that the 1000 Women will mobilise women and men to boycott the companies and sales of games that exploit women and their bodies.

She added there are mixed reports on the good and bad of computer games, but the 1000 Women Trust believe that violent computer games affect children in general very badly.

According to research by Anderson and Bushman 2001, children who play violent games are increasing their aggressive thoughts and behaviour.

Women in South Africa have a say in what games are being sold, what is available on the internet and how our children are exposed to violence.

“Rape is not acceptable. We are all working hard to create a new culture of no violence, advocating to eradicate violence against women and girls and this game should not be available in South Africa.

“We call on all mothers, daughters and sisters to stand together, to unite and to join us to keep the game from our shelves,” Thiart said.

Women organisations are asked to join the 1000 Women Trust to sign a petition and to write to the government to be part of raising children who do not rape. Let’s #StandUp, let us say #StopRape.

“We appeal to the government to do what it promised to do, to say no to violence against women and girls and to ensure that our children are not exposed to the Rape Day Game. We will turn every stone and walk to every office to ensure that Computer Games, Television programmes and internet content that call men to rape women are banned.

“We will support every call by organisations around the world to unite against games and platforms that promote rape!” says Thiart.

V For more information, contact Tina Thiart on 073 207 9079 or on 021 782 8816.

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