‘Rape is not a game’

2019-04-16 06:01

With the release of the controversial Rape Day Apocalypse game set for this month, non-profit organisation (NPO), 1000 Women, perseveres in their efforts to mobilise government in an attempt to ban the game in South Africa.

The Fish Hoek-based NPO, 1000 Women urged the public to “Say no to violence against women and girls” ahead of the launch of the game which glorifies rape, theft and many more criminal acts.

The 1000 Women organisation works to provide a safe space and create safe environments for women and children. They began campaigning against the controversial game soon after the announcement that it would be released, urging the public to sign a petition for the game to be banned.

“Nobody should learn to rape. Rape is not a game. Human trafficking is not a game. You should not be beating your wife in a game. There were five other games (similar to Rape Day Apocalypse) that were pulled before being released to the public,” said Tina Thiart, a trustee at 1000 Women.

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) had come into question, with the organisation pleading to all to ban the game.

Lynette Kamineth, spokesperson for the FPB explained that it is not the board’s role to censor content, but rather to classify it in order to advise parents on the type of content that may appear and encourage them to keep it away from their children based on this advisory. In addition, the game has not yet been received by the board.

“I can confirm that this game has not been submitted to the FPB by any distributors for classification,” Kamineth concluded.

According to Thiart, games that promote violent behaviours have an effect on those who play them – a fundamental reason for the organisation advocating to ban games that fall under this or a similar theme.

“Research shows that young people who play these games have a tendency to react violently in real life situations,” she said.

To continue to advocate for women on these issues she aims to rally a full team to address the distribution of games similar to Rape Day Apocalypse.

“I will be putting together a team to watch the gaming world, especially for 16 Days of Activism,” she warned.

It is alleged, but not confirmed, that the game has been banned from legal websites in South Africa.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.