On Friday 15th June, in honour of Youth Day, the female pupils and staff from Westerford High School attended a talk given by Kathleen Dey, Social Worker and Director of Rape Crisis, Cape Town. Rape Crisis is an organisation supporting the recovery of survivors, seeking justice and making a change in communities. Its goal is to promote an end to violence against women - specifically rape - and to reduce the trauma experienced by survivors. The talk addressed the issues surrounding rape and rape culture, specifically rape culture within schools. Kathleen discussed questions such as “What is rape?”, “What is consent?” and “What is sexual harassment?”. The discussion then opened up to the school, where extremely thought-provoking questions were asked, such as “Is there a culture that promotes sexual harassment at school?” and “What can all students do to stop this?” This talk was extremely revealing of the fact that an underlying rape culture exists in our communities, even at schools, and is an extremely serious issue. The talk highlighted the importance of educating each other about inappropriate behaviour and what to do about it.
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- Ciara Dunsby