While sexual assault is an aggressive act motivated by power and control, Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality, Mbuyiselo Botha says issues of entitlement are also central to how men relate to women.
Responding to a flood of revelations from women who have shared their stories through the #MeToo campaign, a social media movement for rape survivors, Stephen Grootes spoke to Botha about the role of men in speaking out against the crime.
It comes from an understanding that we own women's bodies and issues around power, there is this notion that there are no consequences and I will literally get away with it.— Mbuyiselo Botha, Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality
Men that surround each other will always collude, conive and condone in various ways. Few of us will call each other out.— Mbuyiselo Botha, Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality
The issue of ownership is in fact critical as we discuss and look at how we relate to women and women's bodies.— Mbuyiselo Botha, Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality
He says men should be mindful of their every day actions, like catcalling, and the ways this encourages rape culture.
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Meanwhile, Mara Glennie, the founder of Tears Foundation, says the important thing for survivors is to know that they are believed and not alone.
She has encouraged survivors to get professional help.
You can walk a path of healing, what we do is provide access to free services that meet the person's needs. Quite often people who have undealt with memories, the first step to healing is speaking out and acknowledging that it happened.— Mara Glennie, founder of Tears Foundation
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