Anti-rape activists stage Durban 'die in' protest

2015-08-21 15:34

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Durban - Aids Healthcare Foundation South Africa on Friday took to the streets of Durban in a silent protest in solidarity with rape survivors.

The foundation's Larissa Klazinga said more than 1 000 men, women and children gathered at 11:00 and walked from King Dinuzulu Park to the Durban City Hall where they staged a "die in".

"It was a memorial for the dead. We created the scene of a massacre," said Klazinga.

She said rape affected every community.

"This year we are focusing on raising awareness on violence against women, the rights of rape survivors as well as the distribution of ARVs to women after they have been raped to prevent transmission," said Klazinga.

"Society needs to know and understand that rape is the worst and [most] extreme form of discrimination."

The foundation told Health24 on Monday that the main objective of the silent protest was to focus attention on rape, which was a far greater epidemic than was reflected in "skewed" statistics provided by the South African Police Services.

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