SA men urged to sign an anti-rape pledge : Monday 18 February 2013

SA men urged to sign an anti-rape pledge

Monday 18 February 2013 11:09

SABC

The Jess Foord Foundation made this urgent plea after incidents of violent rape have come under the spotlight. (SABC)

Gang-rape survivor and activist, Jessica Foord, has called on men to sign a special pledge card - promising never to rape. The founder of the self-titled Jess Foord Foundation made this urgent plea after incidents of violent rape have come under the spotlight.

She believes if men respect women it will force them to think twice about resorting to rape.

Foord explains what the pledge entails: "The pledge card - it says I pledge that has a male living in South Africa I will stand up and speak up about physical emotional and sexual abuse, I pledge to take action if I have knowledge against rape or abuse of any kind. I pledge to respect all women and strive to uphold their dignity instead of judging a survivor I pledge to support her and stand by her and help her in her moment of need. As a South African male I pledge not to rape. A lot of people says to me will that actually make a difference and I hoping that one day it would hopefully make a difference."

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Tseki magistrates court in Qwaqwa, Free State, where five suspects accused of the murder of a 40 year old woman and her 11 year old daughter will be appearing

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Tseki Magistrates Court in Qwaqwa in the Free State, where five suspects accused of the murder of a 40-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter will be appearing.

The deceased, Nopi Maroba and Mathapelo, were found murdered at their house in Bolata village two weeks ago.

Their naked and lifeless bodies were found by their neighbours with several stab wounds. It's suspected they may have been raped. Four of the accused are under-age.

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