Silence Is The Enemy – Stop The Silence

June 20th, 2009 by Jules Leave a reply »
It is time for another “Silence Is The Enemy” update. If you have not read my previous posts on this, please do so here and here. I have been neglecting the links on this blog and I feel awful about that. There is a reason for that however. I was waiting for the latest update regarding the creation of a central “Silence Is The Enemy” website where all the contributors can be found. And it is finally here. On that page, you can find many ways in which you can help, including a donate link to Doctors Without Borders. If you are not in a position where you are able donate to Doctors Without Borders and are not a blogger, just a quick reminder that is another way you can help. Several bloggers have pledged to donate their June revenue (based on traffic) to Doctors Without Borders, so you can support the effort with each click on:

In another news on this issue, posted this article today: South Africa’s Rape Crisis: 1 in 4 Men Say They’ve Done It. Here are some of the highlights from the article:

[…] study in which more than a quarter of men admitted to having raped, and 46% of those said that they had raped more than once.[…]

[…]Researchers interviewed 1,738 men of all race groups, in both urban and rural settings in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, provinces marked by high rates of AIDS and poverty, and the men answered questions about rape and HIV using small handheld computers in order to guarantee anonymity. Of those admitting rape, 73% said that they had committed their first assault before the age of 20.[…]

[…]South Africa has one of the highest incidents of reported rape in the world. The most recent statistics show that 36,190 cases of rape were reported to the police between April and December 2007, though experts believe that number only accounts for one out of nine cases. But the number of rape cases that make it to court — let alone result in a conviction — are far fewer.[…]

[…]Gender advocates say that the 2006 rape trial of prominent politician Jacob Zuma was incredibly damaging to their cause. Zuma, who was elected President this year, was tried and acquitted of raping an HIV-positive family friend. He told the court that the woman had dressed provocatively, in a traditional wrap-around kanga, and that it was against Zulu culture for a man to leave a sexually aroused woman unsatisfied.[…]

Please do what you can do to bring awareness to these issues, click on the above links and give a voice to women who, for whatever reason, are unable to speak with their own.

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