Have you heard the latest news? We made the headlines on the eNews channel on Tuesday with their report on events launching the 16 Days of Activism in Bredasdorp. Eleanor Williams did us proud by promoting the Rape Crisis message loud and clear in her interview. Click here to watch the interview.
Riding on the excitement of our new-found celebrity status, we headed back to the bus, making our way to the first stop of the day which was Radio Overberg 98.4fm where Shireen Scholtz did a wonderful job of getting our message flowing through the airwaves!
Keeping the momentum going, the group headed town to Bredasdorp police station where Tutu Dobela continued with the Shukumisa Campaign and everyone else prepared for a workshop for police and members of the community.
We kicked off by gathering in a circle and taking turns to introduce ourselves through song and dance. This certainly broke the ice and we were able to move quite naturally into a role play acting out what a rape victim experiences after rape including her or his encounters with the community, police, court and hospital staff. Talk about bringing characters to life!
This sparked many questions from the participants, giving Eleanor and Tutu a platform to explain the pathway through the criminal justice system and their rights to access services within the criminal justice system. This led on to a presentation by Shireen on the physical, behavioural and psychological effects of rape, which was extremely informative and useful to the participants.
To end our time in Bredasdorp, we headed back to the heart of the community for more home visits. We split into two teams, going door-to-door armed with leaflets, speaking to people about rape and what they could do if either they, or someone they knew, needed help. We were genuinely determined to hear their stories and offer as much assistance as possible. People were open and welcoming as we entered their homes and we left knowing that we had planted seeds of knowledge within many individuals, in the hopes they would take root and flourish.
The Stop the Bus Campaign is sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Social Development.