Speaking out on 16 days

2018-12-04 06:00
Safeline volunteers outside the Mitchell’s Plain Police Station on Thursday.PHOTO: samantha lee

Safeline volunteers outside the Mitchell’s Plain Police Station on Thursday.PHOTO: samantha lee

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In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the organisation Safeline hosted a peaceful demonstration outside the Mitchell’s Plain Police Station on Thursday­.

With placards in hand, the main aim of the participants was to create awareness, not only of the 16 Days campaign, but also the work the organisation is doing in the community.

Their week-long activities started on Monday last week, raising awareness in and around the Town Centre.

Patricia Williams, Safeline community development worker for the Mitchell’s Plain area, says they partnered with local ward councillor Solomon Philander and the police station in the initiative.

“We want to come out and [encourage] residents to speak out and make them aware that there are organisations working in the area that work with sexual abuse,” says Williams.

“Men can also speak out if they are being abused. They can come to the victim support room (at the police station) for help.”

The initiative was supported by volunteers working in the Mitchell’s Plain area.

“We do [awareness] throughout the year but we feel we need to come out because of 16 days of activism and that organisations are standing with victims,” says Williams­.

Safeline works with children between the ages of two and 18 and with adults who are victims of abuse.

They offer counselling and do programmes at schools and crèches to create awareness.

Safeline volunteer Mariam Mohammad says: “We are showing people there is help. When we were walking earlier, people stopped us and asked us about Safeline. This means there are people who are interested and know about us.

Says Williams: “We don’t always reach everyone and through this initiative, we will reach a lot of people.”

On Thursday, the volunteers walked through the Town Centre before standing in front of the station.V If you need assistance, call the Safeline toll-free number 08000 35553.

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