STOP-RAPE-NOW-121x94The Stop Rape campaign is a joint initiative between the Department of Basic Education and LEAD SA. It is a major initiative to raise rape awareness and educate the 10, 2-million learners in South African schools.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, said “The collective rage in the country had to be turned into tangible action. We also want to appeal to our learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities”.

President Jacob Zuma officially launched the campaign at a school in Cape Town. “What we are launching today is not a women’s campaign. It is everybody’s campaign”, he said.

Minister Motshekga said the initiative was “critical not only to highlight the rape bane but also to educate our children.”

Lead SA said the partnership with the DBE will go a long way in heightening awareness and education. “We also hope the 10,2-million learners will take the messages home so that society at large can act. The ‘StopRape’ message needs to reach every corner of South Africa.”

Our School is participating in this campaign. Both our Boys and Girls School had programmes in support of the Stop Rape Campaign on Friday 1 March 2013.

On Wednesday, a major programme was held at the Boys School. Our learners were addressed by Yusuf Abramjee and Catherine Constantinides of LEAD SA.

The pledge is based on the Bill of Responsibilities and includes a statement on violence and rape. The pledge is as follows :

I pledge:

• To uphold the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa

• To abide by the laws of the country

• To respect the rights of others irrespective of age, race, sex or sexual orientation

• Not to rape or commit any form of sexual harassment, abuse or violence

• To report any form of wrongdoing to authorities

• To honour the responsibilities that come with these rights and to be a good citizen