'Mock rape' image a symptom of society - advocacy group

2015-10-15 16:35
The Hilton College school badge. (Hilton College, Facebook)

The Hilton College school badge. (Hilton College, Facebook)

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Durban - Women’s rights and anti-rape campaigners have chorused strong condemnation of a picture of a “mock rape” posted by Hilton College pupils in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

The image went viral and management of the prestigious private boys' school were investigating the incident.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse advocacy manager, Germaine Vogel, said the school and the pupils' parents needed to take stock.

“These children and the co-learners must understand the implications of the picture they have created – it is illegal and could incite rape – a scourge which we should all be fighting in this country, not encouraging or even [making] light of.

“This image is a reminder to all parents and educators to include the legalities, moral responsibilities and devastating effects of child sexual abuse content. Law enforcers estimate it would take more than 30 years to arrest every individual or group abusing children to create child sexual abuse content... an impossible task,” she said.

The Teddy Bear Clinic clinical services director, Dr Shaheda Omar, said the picture proved to be a symptom of a society desensitised to rape.

“The fact they have done this demonstrates a level of desensitisation. Where do children begin to conceptualise a rape scene if they haven’t been exposed to do it?

“The subliminal message conveyed to children is rape is not that bad, because people are getting away with it and it becomes acceptable. It becomes a sexualised culture associated with aggression and violence and this is normalised. That is what this picture depicts,” she said.

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