Monthly Archives: December 2018

Day 16 – #OrangeTheWorld

Today is Human Rights Day 2018 with the theme “Stand Up For Human Rights” This marks the last day of the UN 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign, #HearMeToo.   Rape and sexual violence against young girls and women is a violation of their fundamental human right to life, liberty, freedom from slavery and torture and from any opinion and expression that continues to  perpetuate the wall of silence that persists. 
The WARIF women at the Women At Risk International...

DAY 15 – #OrangeTheWorld

Because we have accepted to hide the abuse we suffer, because we have decided to be silent through the hurt. Because we don’t speak loud enough or often enough. Because of the fear, the tears and the stares. But no more! It is time to HEAR ME TOO, it is our time to stand up and fight against any abuse or violation of any girl, woman or child. We will no longer sit still and be silent. We will honour ourselves by...

DAY 14 – #OrangeTheWorld

A major step in the elimination of sexual violence is prevention. Prevention efforts include changing prevailing attitudes and practices that encourage gender inequality;  Education and increasing awareness to the issues that surround gender based violence and making available the necessary infrastructure  and resources to promote  good health care and support for all women. Share our stories, repost, tag someone and join us in the #orangetheworldwithWARIF campaign as we participate in the #16DaysOfActivism against Gender Based Violence. WARIF Centre: 6, Turton Street, Off Thorburn...

Day 13 – #OrangeTheWorld

Feeling safe again after a sexual assault can be one of the most challenging aspects of healing, and is often a struggle for survivors. Facilities for care and support are necessary to help survivors through this time. The WARIF Centre is a safe haven where survivors are helped in a step by step approach through the initial traumatic phase of their experience and the necessary follow-up visits.  Available to all, we provide Medical Care, Psycho Social Counselling, Legal Services  and Access...

Day 12 – #OrangeTheWorld

Our society teaches women to avoid being raped when we should be teaching men not to rape. This encourages the rape culture that is seen. Existing norms and practices need to be broken down by educating our young boys on positive masculinity so they don’t grow up to be perpetrators. Respecting physical boundaries, understanding consent and accepting the rights of women should be embraced by every young boy and man. Let’s have these conversations with our boys, so they become protectors of...

Day 11 – #OrangeTheWorld

Let’s talk about VICTIM BLAMING A common response to rape and sexual assault in our society is to blame the survivor. To assume that the fault lies with her based on her choices and in some cases her lifestyle.  It is often heard that she could have prevented the assault if only: “she dressed differently” “she was in the company of others” “she stayed home after dark” “she wasn’t so friendly” This focus places the responsibility of the prevention of sexual violence and rape solely on...

Day 10 – #OrangeTheWorld

For every survivor story that has been shared, there are countless survivors that are living in fear and silence. Abused daily and  too afraid to speak up . They are threatened with even more  violence, convinced they would be blamed, ashamed they would be judged with no one to believe them. There is a wall of silence around discussions of sexual violence and every time a survivor speaks out,  it creates a crack in that wall. Every time she shares her...

Day 9 – #OrangeTheWorld

Rapists rape. The accountability and the shame lies with them and them alone and not  with the survivor. And the rest of us? We have a role to play too. We can no longer be bystanders watching as these acts occur in our homes, schools, offices and neighbourhoods. We need to intervene and be our brother and sisters keepers. Stand up and defend the more vulnerable and oppressed in our society. It is our collective responsibility to do so. See something? Say something! Save...

Day 8 – #OrangeTheWorld

Sexual Consent is  an  agreement to participate in sexual activity between two adults (over the legal age of 18). It is a vital  concept that needs to be understood when it comes to intimate relations between men and women as it must be freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic and specific. When there is no consent, it is sexual violation or rape. If you are forced to have sex against your will, if you say no, asleep, unconscious, under the influence of...

Day 7 – #OrangeTheWorld

During sexual assaults that involve  penetrative sex, women are exposed to infections as perpetrators do not typically use any forms of contraception such as condoms. This leads to a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS cases. If untested, women run the risk of spreading this infection to others and if untreated, can lead to death. The use of Post- Exposure Prophylaxis (P.E.P) treatment of HIV with the appropriate drugs within 72 hours of the assault reduces the risk of infection.  This treatment is available...