‘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.


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