One Billion Rising #1billionrising @vday

On February 14th “V” will not only be for “Valentine”, it will be for “Victory” and “Vagina” as well.

OBR-Horizontal-Logo-english-web-v1Last week a young girl lost her life when she was brutally gang raped and beaten. Her particular case was vicious and very much in the headlines, but what about the ones that aren’t big news!? They are no less destructive or sad.
64,514 rapes were reported in South Africa last year (according to police statistics for 2011/12) but only about 1 in 25 rape cases are actually reported to the police so the numbers are mind blowingly scary! And with South Africa having nearly a fifth of the world’s HIV-infected population the risk factor is almost incomprehensible.
Andrew Harding of the BBC describes [South Africans] as being numb to these events. He asks “Will South Africans ever be shocked by rape?” Sowetan editor Mpumelelo Mkabela agrees, stating that people need to do more to fight rape. We hear about it so much we don’t listen anymore. Hearing about yet another rape makes me really sad and angry, and when I see news about the rape statistics in our country and around the world I wish I could do SOMEthing…
1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That means that there is a statistical likelihood of myself or one of my two sisters being attacked and/ or raped in our lifetime. Its unthinkable and I won’t have it.
As it is, I know and love at least – at LEAST – five women who have survived rape. FIVE! And thats only because they are the ones who talk about it.

Take a stand on Valentines Day.


Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM GMT+02:00
Host: Ronelle Palmer-Owen
Location: Johannesburg Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg, Gauteng)
The Johannesburg Botanic Garden, Waterval 211-Iq,
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2195