Memorial for pain, grief

2015-12-01 06:00
Candles with messages of love, hope and peace and other matters commemorated were lit during the White Prayer Day ceremony.  PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Candles with messages of love, hope and peace and other matters commemorated were lit during the White Prayer Day ceremony. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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A local organisation has voiced a plea for an end to abuse.

On Tuesday last week, Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse held its annual White Prayer Day at the Beaconvale Frail­care Centre in Beacon Valley.

The day was held to commemorate those who have suffered and died at the hands of abuse, as well as the many children who have gone missing over the years.

Marildea Sonday of the Network says the annual event is held to show solidarity with families who have been victims of abuse.

At the event, the Network held a memorial service and placard presentation, followed by a moment of silence.

Children of the New Lentegeur Educare also shared some of their aspirations for their future. These included becoming a teacher, firefighter, engineer and boxer.

“These are just some of the dreams, but what about the children who will never be able to reach their dreams?” asked Sonday.

“We remember the parents and families who endure pain and grief. We want people to know that we are in solidarity with them.”

A presentation by the department of social development was followed by a talk by a rape survivor.

The rape victim became emotional when she recalled the events of her attack.

She had been in the brigade and robbed of her bag at a bus stop. She followed the man who had taken her clothing bag and that night she was raped.

After the attack she had married and suffered under physical and mental abuse.

“I did not say anything. I lived in silence for many years. I was made to feel worthless and that I was nothing, but after 30 years I said: ‘Enough.’

“I want to tell you today, don’t be quiet. Stand up and say no more will I be a floor- mat for anyone. Abuse – it is not your fault. Stand up and be the woman God intended you to be.”V If you would like to get in touch with the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse email or call 021 376 2780.

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