VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS A CYCLE (I)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS A CYCLE (I)

My friends from ‘’Let girls Learn Kenya” have created a challenge that sparks conversation about barriers of girls’ education in rural Kenya. I am going to get into that but before I do …
I want to tell you why not protecting children and women from physical and sexual abuse can actually birth generations of rapists and a society that normalizes violence.
To tell you how, I have been itching to tell you all about a place that exists on this earth called Diepsloot.
Diepsloot is a township in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is also one of the most dangerous places in Johannesburg. Have you ever heard of a place with law but no order? That my friends, is Diepsloot. If you go to Diepsloot, I can personally confirm that it won’t take you long to find a victim of rape. Call it exaggeration but I’d say probably less than fifteen to thirty minutes.
Infact, according to a survey that was done in 2016, more than half of the men in Diepsloot (56%) confirmed to be either rapists or to have beaten women before. Let that sink in because I’m not done. It’s not just the older women that are victims, it is also the children. Nope! I’m not yet done. Those rapists and women batterers? (The 56%) …Well uuhhhmm 85% of them had either been physically abused or sexually abused as children.
You see, the women of Diepsloot had been crying for years but no one came to their rescue. The most they got were counselling clinics from the government and concerned NGOs. Even so, two years ago the closest access they could get to rape kits was 30km away. They were being equipped with everything they needed after the rape but very little was being done to prevent the rape. To add pepper and onion juice to the eye, between 2013 and 2017 among numerous (read hundreds) reported rape cases in Diepsloot only one rapist was convicted.
So what did the women of Diepsloot do ? They got sick and tired of giving the same complaint all the time and being ignored. They gathered up, organized and turned into vigilantes. They took the law into their own hands. Infront of their children. They began catching these rapists and burning or stoning them even to death sometimes. The police would show up occasionally just on time to keep the suspects alive but even the police most times could not handle the angry , bitter crowd of (mostly women). Women who had been raped, women whose children had been raped, women whose sisters had been raped and killed. Nope. Not even the police could handle them or else they would also end up victims of the mob justice themselves.
Alas! A cycle!

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