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ISSUED BY: Proudly South African
DATE: Wednesday, 18 April 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Proudly SA announces school road shows against sexual abuse, following shocking teen gang-rape

Proudly South African says it is shocked and saddened by the tragic news of a young girl being gang-raped by a group of seven youths recently. According to news reports, the Soweto youths filmed the crime in graphic detail on a cell phone, while their victim pleaded for mercy.

“South Africans must never sit back and accept abhorrent crimes as a way of life in our country. This isn’t what we as proud South Africans aspire to. It goes against the very grain of our humanity,” said Proudly SA CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe.

Adv. Sedibe called on the public not to view the video, which has gone viral on social media networks: “What have we become when children rape children and we as fellow South Africans stand by and watch something so evil, cruel, callous and inhumane? Even watching such a video after the fact is atrocious and abominable.”

As a result of the latest incident involving youths and violent behaviour, Proudly SA has committed to a school road-show against sexual violence and bullying – starting in the Soweto area. Proudly SA will be partnering with the SHOUT anti-crime initiative, Crime Line, POWA and various local celebrities.

“Children raping children is probably the worst thing we can imagine in our society. We need an urgent plan of action to stop these heinous crimes as quickly as possible. SHOUT is definitely on board with the school road show,” said SHOUT Chairman, Gavin Koppel.

Crime Line’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “The cycle of abuse in our communities is shocking to say the least - and it is a serious indictment on society that young men can carry out such a heinous act without conscience or any thought of consequence. Crime Line pledges its support to this road show and beyond.”
Proudly SA has also approached the Department of Basic Education (DBE), inviting them to partner on the campaign against sexual abuse and bullying.
“We need to drive home the message to our youth that abuse and violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Our learners need to know that they can aspire to follow in the footsteps of good role models, as opposed to succumbing to peer pressure,” said Adv. Sedibe.

“Urgent interventions are needed when our leaders of tomorrow succumb to violent acts of crime. South Africans must unite if we are to restore their sense of purpose, pride and dignity,” he added.

Well-known actress and UN activist against violence involving women and children, Rosie Motene, has already committed to the campaign. Miss Teen SA, Celeste Khumalo, has also indicated her availability, along with Kwaito star, Kabelo Mabalane.

For further information, contact:

Gillian de Gouveia
PR Manager: Proudly SA
Cell: 082 410 1195
E-mail: gill@proudlysa.co.za

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